The proper use of medicine can prolong human life by helping to cure, treat, and prevent disease. However, failure to store and dispose of unused pharmaceuticals in a safe and environmentally responsible way can lead to serious health and safety risks. These range from drug abuse and lethal overdoses to accidental poisonings. In addition, when flushed down the toilet, medications can contaminate our waterways, including our drinking water, as wastewater treatment facilities do not have the technology to completely remove the chemicals.
Click on each of the links below to learn more about the health and environmental risks of improper medicine disposal.
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