The US Fish and Wildlife Service and the American Pharmacists Association have announced they will coordinate together on a public service campaign highlighting the need to dipose of prepscirption drugs safely. In February the White House echoed the growing sentiment of the scientific community by advising that consumers should utilize pharmeceutical take-back locations so that unused drugs do not enter the waste stream where they can seap into the water table and harm wildlife and possibly human health.
As reported by Water Tech Online:
"Studies by the US Geological Survey have shown that unused medications that are flushed into septic systems survive through wastewater treatment systems and end up in public waterways that may be used as drinking water sources; they impact fish and wildlife dependent on those water sources."
CAW and Pharmaceutical Hazardous Waste:
- Learn more about SB 966, which would establish a state-wide take-back program for unused pharmaceuticals.