Posted by leslieg on December 12, 2002, at 13:12:23
In reply to Re: I have meds to donate, posted by Dinah on December 12, 2002, at 12:27:35
> I think I've read that there has been some groundwater contamination from people flushing or throwing out their meds. I could be wrong about that, it's just a vague memory. If so, the idea may be to dispose of them the way other chemicals should be disposed of.
I don't know which (toss, flush) is right -- I've heard cons to both. If you toss (especially in the bottle), there is a risk of someone else (the biggest worry is kids) getting ahold of them; depends on how private your trash is. I was told 10+ years ago by a pharmasist to never toss for this reason -- always flush. But I've also heard (elsewhere on this board?) that the "clean" water contains comparatively high amounts of the most prescribed meds. Not so much from flushing, I think, than from un-metabolized bits peed out.
I'd never thought of returning stuff to my pharmacy. I will try to remember to ask next time I'm there (about 2x per week!)