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BY FRANK NADEAU,
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Clean Out Your
Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010 to give consumers a
safe and responsible way to dispose of unused prescription drugs. Consumers currently seeking to
reduce the amount of expired or unwanted prescription drugs have few disposal options, increasing
the risk of drug abuse and poisonings. The Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010 seeks
to reduce those risks by permitting individuals to deliver their unused medications to responsible
state and private drug take-back programs.
CongRESS PASSED ThE
Up to 17 percent of prescribed medications
go unused, and if improperly disposed, may
contribute to drug diversion and environmental
problems. The bill would allow consumers to
give controlled substances to specially designated
individuals for disposal, such as law enforcement officials. It also would allow long-term care
facilities to dispose of certain prescription drugs
on behalf of their residents.
Teenagers now abuse prescription drugs more
than any other illegal drugs except for marijuana,
and the majority of teens who abuse these drugs
get them for free, usually from friends and relatives and often without their knowledge.
Why Are Unused Prescriptions and
Over-the-Counter Medications a
The problem is two-fold:
1. Studies have shown that pharmaceuticals
and over-the-counter drugs are present in our
nation’s water bodies and certain drugs may
cause ecological harm. Outdated or unusable
drugs that are disposed of by flushing or
pouring down the sink enter the environment
because wastewater treatment facilities are
not designed to remove them.
2. Storing unused or outdated prescriptions creates an opportunity for illicit use. One in five
teens report intentionally misusing someone
else’s prescription drugs to get high. Nearly
half say they get the medications from friends
or relatives for free, often by raiding the medicine cabinet or by attending “pharming”
parties where teens barter legal drugs and
What Should I Do With My Unused
Do not flush! Do not pour!
Prescription and over-the-counter medications
should not be flushed down the toilet or poured
down a sink. Follow these guidelines to dispose
of these products properly:
• irst, check with your police department to see
if they have a drug collection program.
• econd, check to see if your community houseS
hold hazardous waste program collects medications (they must have law enforcement officials
present) or if your community is having a
Clean Out Your Medicine Cabinet event.
• astly, if no collection options exist, follow
1. Remove all personal identification from
the prescription bottles;
2. Crush all tablets, pills, etc., mix all unused
drugs with used coffee grounds, kitty litter,
or other undesirable substance;
3. Place this mixture in a sealed container
before disposing in the trash.
Why Are We Talking About This?
The EPA is presently discussing the analysis
for Pharmaceutical and Personal Care Products
(PPCP.) If we are required to remove these from
our water intakes and our wastewater discharges,
we are going to have a budget crisis even larger
than that we have ever experienced.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Streamline - Summer 2013
From the President
From the Executive Director
Generators – Learning from the Past
Does the End Justify the Means?
Clean Out Your Medicine Cabinet!
How is Serving on a Board of an Organization like Owning a Car?
Monitoring Master Meters
2013 Conference Highlights
OilClean from EcoSolutions Naturally Separates Oil from Water
Choosing a Rate Analyst
Ergs, Joules and Other Stuff
Snug and Smug with Solar Power
Fresh Faces: Joey Fagan
Throwing My Loop
Do You Know What Your VRWA Benefits Are?
Welcome New Members
Board of Directors
Index to Advertisers/Ad.com
Streamline - Summer 2013