The Plainview Water District Commissioners Kevin Langberg, Joel Kessler and Edward Shulroff remind residents not to flush their unwanted prescription drugs and medications down the drain. Many residents have medications that they no longer take, are old or have expired. Flushing outdated or extra medication used to be the recommended and most acceptable method of disposal. It was once thought that flushing medication kept children and pets safe from poisoning, but the Plainview Water District reminds residents that this method is outdated and dangerous to the environment.
"Disposing unwanted medications by flushing them down the toilet is hazardous to the environment," said Chairman of the Board of Commissioners Kevin Langberg. "Even though our drinking water remains safe, it's important to understand that this has effects on surface areas."
In recent years, ecologists have come to realize flushing medications is causing serious effects on fish and other aquatic life. The drugs are finding their way into area lakes, streams, bays, and even our groundwater. Chemicals in the medication can interact with aquatic life, as they would interact with ours.
"Keeping these drugs out of waste water systems will ensure that these chemicals will not end up in our water resources," added Chairman Langberg.
The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy recently created guidelines for drugs and medication disposal that include:
Take unused, unneeded or expired prescription drugs out of their original containers and throw them in the trash.
Mixing prescription drugs with an undesirable substance, such as used coffee grounds or kitty litter, and putting them in impermeable, non-descript containers, such as empty cans or sealable bags.
For more information please contact the Plainview Water District at 931-6469.