How is this a sustainable event?
Medicines poured down the drain or flushed down the toilet can sometimes pass through waste water treatment plants and enter rivers, lakes, and streams which are often used as sources for community drinking water supplies.
Additionally, proper and safe disposal of medicine can help prevent:
- Poisoning of children and pets;
- Misuse by teenagers and adults;
- Health problems from accidentally taking the wrong medicine, too much of the same medicine or an expired medication that is too old to work well;
- Medicines from entering rivers, lakes and streams.
To find a location near you, go to http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.
For Illinois disposal area questions, contact A/GS John Pacella at (312) 353-3709.