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Old 01-14-2010, 10:44 AM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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"Antidepressants, antibiotics, steroids, as well as heart, asthma and pain medications" have been found in Maine's ground water.

http://www.maine.gov/tools/whatsnew/...v=article-2006


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The Maine Department of Environmental Protection received the results of tests conducted on leachate from three landfills in Maine – Augusta, Brunswick and Bath. Those results show that pharmaceutical drugs disposed of in household waste do end up in the liquid that drains or 'leaches' from a landfill…which then runs the risk of contaminating ground water and surface water supplies.
According to the article Maine's legislator-critters want to make drug companies to offer to take-in everyone's un-used drugs for proper disposal.
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Old 01-15-2010, 07:46 AM
 
Location: 3.5 sq mile island ant nest next to Canada
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That would be Ms. Perry from Calais. Can you say "higher prescription prices"? But what are ya gonna do? There must be a better plan than hers. Maybe not.
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Old 01-15-2010, 09:46 AM
 
Location: On a Slow-Sinking Granite Rock Up North
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I don't know about Maine specifically, but drugs in drinking supplies has been a topic of discussion since at least 2005 or 2006 in the US.

IMHO, it take a while for these stories to meander their way up here - this seems to be one of those cases.

Last edited by cebdark; 01-15-2010 at 09:57 AM.. Reason: clarity
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Old 01-15-2010, 11:41 AM
 
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When my mother passed away I was surprised that the protocol for leftover narcotics prescriptions was for the hospice nurse to flush them. I wonder if it's not just the flushing of unused drugs, it's probably pretty bad just with all our highly medicated waste.
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Old 01-15-2010, 01:49 PM
 
Location: Way South of the Volvo Line
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As was stated this has been an ongoing problem for some time. Biologists discovered the high levels of drugs form E. Coli source testing. It seems they can identify the morphology of the sources, be it wildlife, domestic stock, or humans, by the amount of pharmaceuticals in them.


Lots gets flushed directly and indirectly if you know what I mean!
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Old 01-15-2010, 08:04 PM
 
Location: Midcoast Maine
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Here's some info on how to dispose of prescription and non-prescription drugs in Maine:

The Maine Way To Get Rid Of Drugs - Science News
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