A Growing Concern: Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products in Our Water SupplyWith a new Drug Enforcement Agency law allowing pharmacies to take back some unwanted prescription medications year-round now in place, the subject of pharmaceuticals and personal care products in water is once again in the news. Public consciousness has been slowly growing around the importance of proper disposal of unwanted prescription drugs, but too many are still thrown in the trash or, worse yet, flushed down the toilet. Project WET Foundation staff and the Project WET USA Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products research team prepared a webinar on this subject late last year, and the screencast of the educational event is available online to anyone wanting to learn more.

For unwanted prescription medications not covered by the new DEA rules, the U.S. government is still working with local law enforcement to organize twice-yearly prescription take-back events. The next official day is Saturday, September 27th. To find a location near you, visit the DEA's National Take Back Initiative Collection Site Search, or call 1-800-882-9539.

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