Drug Disposal

  • Proper drug disposal is important because it helps protect human health and our environment. Unwanted drugs should not be flushed down the drain. Medications should be kept secure when in the home to prevent unlawful use.  When they are no longer needed, they should be sent for incineration to destroy the chemicals within them and prevent them from entering the water resources we use for drinking water.

    Over the past several decades, studies have shown persistent low levels of pharmaceuticals in our surface water and ground water.  Although there are no known health risks to people at these low levels, there are known impacts to amphibians, fish, wildlife, and bacteria. Without improvements in disposal and our wastewater treatment technologies, the level of pharmaceuticals in our water is expected to increase as more and more people continue to take more and more medications.