September 20, 2007

Dumping Medications

What do you do with medicine that you no longer need or use? Both prescriptions and over-the-counter medications have expiration dates on their labels, after which they should not be used. For many years, consumers were told to flush unused drugs down the toilet to avoid putting them in the trash. However, when you flush medications or send them to landfills, they can make their way into rivers and even drinking water. More than 80% of rivers are testing positive for drugs like antibiotics, hormones and antidepressants.

To dispose of drugs properly, check with your local pharmacy to see if they have a drug disposal program. If not, you can do a computer search of drug repository programs for your state. If you have current medications that you cannot use, The Starfish Project takes donations of antibiotics, vitamins, pain medications, and many others by mail and distributes them to people in Nigeria. Visit for more information and a list of pills they accept.

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