MEDICATIONS IN THE TOILET
A HEALTH & ENVIRONMENTAL HAZARD
In Canada, the sewers serve as the most common final destination for a wide range of business and consumer medications discarded into the sink or toilet.,
Unfortunately, the waste treatment plants are one of the primary sources of contamination in groundwater, surface waters and ultimately the ocean.
When medications are disposed of in the sink or toilet, they eventually create complex chemical cocktails with the potential to cause serious public health and environmental issues.
When a problem seems as large and insurmountable as the problems our ocean currently face as a result of this pharmaceutical crisis, and is easy to feel insignificant and like there is nothing you can do. However, every positive action can have an effect, and help to make a change: when you’re disposing of your pharmaceuticals, always dispose of them properly. If you’re unsure about the best way to do so, return them to your doctor or drug store who will be able to dispose of them within the strict guidelines laid out by the government: if every individual did this, the problem would be quickly minimised: your actions now really can help to make a difference.
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