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Old 09-07-2008, 12:55 PM
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Location: Georgia
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So, we've all heard how (nationally speaking...) our water supply is contaminated by various narcotics and other drugs used as prescription medicine. This is presumably caused by flushing our unused or expired medicines down the toilet or drains.
Well, I had occasion to dispose of such stuff and I asked at four local pharmacies (WHMC, Walgrens, CVSx2) and none of them had any solution other than diluting the pills and letting them go down the drain. Even checked out the city's hazmat waste collection but drugs are not listed on thier collection list.
I found some articles online that suggested crusing/diluting them with water then mixing with cat litter or coffee grounds to neutralize the chemicals, but the end result was still flushed or tossed in the trash.

Anyone know of a local place that will collect or dispose of this type of hazardous waste? I've already gotten rid of mine (diluted with coffee grounds...) since I didn't want them hanging around anymore (too many kids in and out)...but would love to know of an alternative for next time.
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Old 09-07-2008, 03:26 PM
 
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You already have some of this info....but here's a site with more specifics.

February 20, 2007 - Press Release - ONDCP

Lot's of info just via google.
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Old 09-07-2008, 09:41 PM
 
Location: Western Bexar County
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To my understanding, San Antonio does not purify sewer water for drinking. They use grey water (cleaned sewer water) for things like watering golf courses.
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Old 09-08-2008, 07:30 PM
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[quote=wCat;5167767]You already have some of this info....but here's a site with more specifics.

February 20, 2007 - Press Release - ONDCP

Thanks, I had seen that one. I was hoping for local info re medical center or pharmacies that offered the take-back options that some cities have started doing.

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To my understanding, San Antonio does not purify sewer water for drinking. They use grey water (cleaned sewer water) for things like watering golf courses.
I didn't mean it ended up in our drinking water - but in the water that our animals drink. It all goes somewhere!!
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Old 09-08-2008, 08:14 PM
 
Location: Bellevue NE
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djw from what I could tell in the 2 years I lived in SA, there are no places in SA that do this there is a few places that you can send out through mail to have it destroyed cant remember the name of the one I checked into but no place was much help really.
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Old 09-08-2008, 10:27 PM
 
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To my understanding, San Antonio does not purify sewer water for drinking. They use grey water (cleaned sewer water) for things like watering golf courses.
glad no one is flushing Viagra......can't imagine the effect on the putting greens!
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