Medications are causing serious harm to the environment.
It’s well known that improperly discarded medications are seeping into our water system, but research shows that medications are also entering the water supply from our feces and urine. In fact, up to 90 percent of certain drugs will end up in the water system.
“When we talk about pharmaceutical waste, we don’t usually talk about the leftover medications that are not used,” Lowell Anderson, Dsc, professor in the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy, said. “We don’t talk about the medications that we ingest and are excreted in some form.”