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Model to Protect Water Resources From Unwanted Medicines

According to an investigation in 2008 by the Associated Press, pharmaceuticals can be found in the drinking water supplies of at least 41 million Americans. The study also indicated that antibiotics, mood stabilizers, and sex hormones are among the drugs found in the drinking water supplies of at least 24 major metropolitan areas in the U.S.

As part of Stony Brook University’s ongoing campaign to promote environmental education and advocacy, the University, Stony Brook University Medical Center, and the surrounding community are sponsoring a special pharmaceutical recycling event where residents can safely dispose of unwanted/expired medicines on April 18.

County Legislator Lynne C.Nowick said, “About a year and half ago, I reached out to hospital officials throughout Suffolk County with the idea of implementing a program to take back unwanted/expired medicines from the community. The intent is to reduce human and environmental risk by protecting the water supply as medications flushed down the drain can seep into our groundwater. I am thrilled that Stony Brook University and its Hospital have agreed to spearhead this event.”

Pharmacists will be present to identify medications and answer any questions from citizens concerning prescriptions or over the counter medicines.

Medicines accepted for disposal will include:

  • Prescription medications (controlled and uncontrolled)
  • all over-the-counter medications
  • Medication samples
  • Pet Medications
  • Vitamins and supplements
  • Medicated ointments, lotions, creams, and oils
  • Inhalers
  • Liquid medication
  • Homeopathic Remedies
  • Suppositories

Medicines not accepted include:

  • Sharps (e.g. needles and Syringes)
  • Thermometers
  • IV bags
  • Bloody or infectious waste
  • Personal care products (e.g. shampoo, toothpaste, soap)
  • Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Aerosol cans
  • Pharmaceutical waste not generated by households (e.g., clinics, pharmacies, hospitals, etc.)
  • Radioactive pharmaceuticals
  • Vaccines

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