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