HOME-Storing unwanted and expired medications in the home increases the risk of misuse and places children, seniors and pets at risk for accidental poisoning. When drugs are disposed of in the garbage, poured down the drain, or flushed they end up in the environment. Even if they enter the sewage system first, pharmaceutical compounds reach wastewater treatment plants that are designed to remove them.
WATER– Drugs in the environment directly affect the fertility and development of fish, frogs, snails and other animals, thereby harming the aquatic ecosystems.
HEALTH– Today, unintentional prescription opioid overdose kills more Americans than cocaine and heroin combined.