Keep those old meds out of the water!

NB: Not only does the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency think that pharmaceuticals are bad in water, but a partnership of Tillamook County organizations are interested in having residents remove those old medicines from local medicine cabinets and deliver them to our second annual collection event on October 23rd, at the Tillamook County Fairgrounds, Sheriff’s booth, from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Stay tuned to H2ONcoast for more details and reminders.

drug take back in Tillamook County

A pharmaceutical take back in Tillamook County

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is lending its support and expertise for drug take-back events sponsored by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). The events will take place at 1,700 sites around the country on Saturday, September 25 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Citizens may bring unwanted solid prescription and over-the-counter medicines to any of these locations so they may be disposed of safely. Liquids, such as cough syrup will not be accepted.

Unused drugs that sit on shelves around the home may present a danger to people as well as ecosystems. Removing unused medications from households can help prevent intentional misuse and unintentional poisonings of children and pets.

Dumping the medication down the drain or flushing it down the toilet can become a source of water contamination. EPA continues to investigate whether such contamination adversely impacts human health or aquatic life.

Find a collection site near you:
http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/takeback/

Learn more about pharmaceuticals as pollutants: http://www.epa.gov/ppcp/

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2 thoughts on “Keep those old meds out of the water!

  1. I think it is a great idea to offer these type of drop-off sites. I know that I have found medicine in my cabinets 5 to 10 years old. Besides the trash, there have not been any other avenues to dispose of these outdated medicines. I wonder how much of an impact these drugs have on our water system? Do they have more or less effect then any of the other chemicals that are poured down the drain on a daily basis?

  2. All throughout college, I had the same bottle of amoxicillin in my medicine cabinet. When I graduated, I considered flushing it simply because I didn’t need it anymore. I’m no scientist, but I thought about how my roommate was allergic to penicillin and decided it was an irresponsible way to dispose of the unused prescription. It makes me wonder about how many people drink water with meds and other junk in it that could possibly do some harm. . .

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