Posted by Norman Fong, April 25th, 2013
April 27, 2013 10am – 2pm is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. The DEA is promoting this day for people to turn in your unused or expired medication for safe disposal. They have a local collection site locator on their website. It is important to recycle drugs and recycle medicine properly. Several cities near me are participating with most drop of locations at police stations.
We all have heard of traces of drugs in the water system. It is time to make sure no one contributes to this any more by flushing expired or unused medicine down the drain. Wastewater treatment facilities aren’t designed to remove pharmaceuticals but someday may need to be.
Many local police departments take medicine waste as do many pharmacies.
FDA has some guidelines, some of which seem outdated.
NoDrugsDownTheDrain.org has a locator to help you find places to properly dispose of medicine.
Chemicals from medicines have been even measured in water from sewage treatment plants. Our waste has traces of these chemicals and chemicals from cosmetics wash off from our skin as we shower. This will be hopefully someday addressed.
A recent study by UCSF found that 86% of expired drugs that were 28 to 40 years old, were still potent. Aspirin and Amphetamine fellow below te 90% reasonable variation allowed by the FDA.
China Trash Can Chinglish – Lost in translation
Here is an interesting trash can we encountered deep in the heart of China. Glad to see they are pushing recycling. Not sure why they choose Organism for Trash…