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Old 09-17-2008, 07:46 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Health facilities flush estimated 250M pounds of drugs a year - USATODAY.com

That's ten semi-truck loads every day.

U.S. hospitals and long-term care facilities annually flush millions of pounds of unused pharmaceuticals down the drain, pumping contaminants into America's drinking water, according to an ongoing Associated Press investigation.

The headline exaggerates the story (of course), but it's stillprretty bad.
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Old 09-17-2008, 07:54 PM
 
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The article is very, VERY misleading.. most of the drugs that are flush down the drain? They are your poopoo... that's right human waste... you take drugs and some of it end up in your waste products... to say that they are "flushing" them down is a lie... it is a problem but what can you do about it? Have separate toilets and urinals for people who take pharmaceuticals?
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Old 09-17-2008, 08:40 PM
 
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The article is very, VERY misleading.. most of the drugs that are flush down the drain? They are your poopoo... that's right human waste... you take drugs and some of it end up in your waste products... to say that they are "flushing" them down is a lie... it is a problem but what can you do about it? Have separate toilets and urinals for people who take pharmaceuticals?
I cannot find anythin g in the article that supports your contenion. The headline is meisleading ,though, as I pointed out, because . . .

That calculation produced an estimate of at least 250 million pounds of annual drug waste from hospitals and long-term care centers, further complicated by the fact experts say drugs might account for only up to half of pharmaceutical waste, while the rest is packaging.

Still, it seems to contend that about half the total weight is the actual pharmaceutical units themselves, never consumed, and undiluted by any other medium, including human waste.
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Old 09-17-2008, 08:42 PM
 
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If you can't find it let me help you....

"And while most pharmaceutical waste is unmetabolized medicine that is flushed into sewers and waterways through human excretion, the AP examined institutional drug disposal and its dangers because unused drugs add another substantial dimension to the problem."
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Old 09-17-2008, 09:11 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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If you can't find it let me help you....

"And while most pharmaceutical waste is unmetabolized medicine that is flushed into sewers and waterways through human excretion, the AP examined institutional drug disposal and its dangers because unused drugs add another substantial dimension to the problem."
You're right---it does seem to say that. I think, however, upon reading it over several times and thinking about it, I think they are saying that while "unmetabolized medicine that is flushed " is a serious environmental problem in its own right, this 250-million pounds is in addition to that. That couild be a reasonable interpretation of this sentence, since they said "add another . . . dimension to the problem".

Good catch, though, but a poorly written statement.
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Old 09-17-2008, 11:05 PM
 
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Like I said, it is poorly written and I think they did it intentionally so as to be misleading... I don't doubt that it is a problem but they could be less misleading...
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