medication that is.
Every time I ask people what they do with their old medication I either get the answer flush it down or throw it in the trash. I am not happy with either answer.
What ever I flush down the toilet will end up in my water and I will be drinking traces of what ever has been flushed. Not a very pleasant idea.
The same with throwing it in the trash it will eventually end up in the earth and then in the water. So I figured, well maybe I will just go to the drug store and get an answer there. In Germany I had always taken my meds back to the drug store and they took care of disposing it properly. Here I go packing my few things and walk into one drug store. Patiently waiting till it is my turn and then asking my question nicely if they take old or unused medicine back for proper disposal.
Wrinkles in the forehead “no we actually don’t” turning around to her college ” didn’t we have those envelopes so you could send the medicine some where? ” she asked him. “mumble, mumble” more like don’t bother me with something unimportant like that. Well she did come out and looked for herself if there where any envelopes. “No, sorry, I don’t see them anywhere.” “what kind of meds do you have there. I just know that you are not supposed to flush them down the toilet any more, you know because of the environment!”
My thought was “why do you think I am here” ……
So I said thank you and thought to myself there must be another way. No way I am going to throw this in the regular trash of flush it in our septic tank.
I got online and found this http://www.disposemymeds.org/index.php/pharmacy-locator and yeah, there is one place that would take my meds. I called to make sure they still do.
This website has a lot of information where and why you should bring your medication to a place that knows how to dispose your old stuff. http://www.disposemymeds.org/index.php/environmental-impact
So tomorrow when I run my errands I will stop by the place I found to drop the old meds of and don’t have to worry about that those meds will end up in my water or maybe in my food.