Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Rule #43: Medication disposal

Treatment plants remove only about half of the prescription drugs and other newly emerging contaminants in sewage. That’s the finding of a new report by a consortium of officials from the United States and Canada who study the Great Lakes. The impact of most of these “chemicals of emerging concern” on the health of people and aquatic life remains unclear. But we can be sure that it aint’ good.
We’ve known this for a long time, but I don’t think we take it
seriously enough. Some drugs contaminating Lake Michigan have been found two miles from Milwaukee sewage outfalls. Research has linked drugs in fish to slower reaction times to predators, altered eating habits and anxiety. At this rate we’re going to have to create rehab centres for fish. No wonder they have those paranoid buggy eyes. Can you imagine how confused the poor fish would be if a pill addict with erectile dysfunction cleaned out his medicine cabinet? They'd be swimming around all paranoid and wondering why they're so horny. Forget about it.
There’s much discussion regarding improving waste water treatment plants to remove the harmful chemicals being flushed to the great lakes, but dealing with a preventable problem is old world thinking. In order to create a better world, we have to stop creating problems in the first place.
Unless you’ve got bags of coke and illegal opiates and the cops are knocking at your door, there’s no reason to flush your old meds. It’s simple. Take them back to the pharmacy. The same goes for old pet medications! Take them back to your vet. So they can flush them!
In the new world, the use of meds will be reduced and leftovers will be returned to the pharmacy for proper disposal.

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