EWG News and Analysis

The latest from EWG’s staff of experts >>

Flushing Unwanted Meds No Longer The Conventional Wisdom

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, surveys last year in the Bay area found detecable levels of ibuprofen, DEET and other chemicals, Prozac, and a handful of antibiotics in streams and rivers. The culprit: flushing medication down the toilet. No longer the suggested method of unwanted or expired drug disposal, LA County has started to accept the pills (controlled substances excluded) at hazardous waste collection sites. For the rest of us who don't live in California, or can't make it to the hazmat center: discreetly disposing of pills in your garbage will have to do.


comments powered by Disqus