May 18, 2012

Flush, Trash or Burn?

1 Trash Old Drugs, Say Researchers

You may just as well trash unused drugs, say researchers who estimated the environmental impact of flushing, trashing or incinerating old medications. The research, published in Environmental Science & Technology, used a comparative life cycle assessment to determine that there's little environmental difference between burning drugs over having them end up in the landfill. Researchers from the University of Michigan say that take-back initiatives for unwanted drugs may actually be worse for the environment because they involve greenhouse gases created from transporting and burning the medicine. However, dangerous drugs such as Percocet and OxyContin should be flushed to avoid the potential that a child or pet will find them, advises the FDA.

More at WebMD | Posted 5 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Scientists Using Old Drugs in New Ways

Tags: Environmental Science and Technology, Disposing Drugs, How to Dispose Drugs, What to Do with Expired Drugs, How Dispose Prescription Drugs, Safe Disposal Drugs, Trash Old Drugs, Flush Painkillers

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