The DEA is partnering with Western Pennsylvania to sponsor an upcoming collection event on Saturday, October 26, 2013 between 10AM and 2PM. Bring all of your unused or expired medications to any City of Pittsburgh Police Zone Station.
Recent United States Geological Survey studies have found traces of painkillers, estrogen, antidepressants, blood-pressure medicines, etc. in water samples from 30 states. Studies have linked hormone exposure to reproductive defects in fish, and environmental exposure to antibiotics to the development of drug-resistant germs.
Public Health Impact
Each year in the United States, more than 71,000 children aged 18 and younger are seen in emergency rooms for unintentional overdoses of prescription and over-the-counter drugs (Office of National Drug Control Policy, 2010).
More than three in five teens say prescription pain relievers are easy to get from parents’ medicine cabinets; half of teens say they are easy to get through other people’s prescriptions; and more than half say prescription pain relievers are “available everywhere.” (US News and World Report, 2010).
The age-old advice of flushing medications down the toilet is now considered to be the least desirable of all alternatives. Wastewater treatment plants and septic systems are generally not designed to treat medication waste. So don't flush your waste drugs!