Researchers Develop Environmentally-Friendly Method of Removing Pharmaceuticals from Water

By Anna Bartels, Staff Writer for Save the Water™ | May 5, 2017 The presence of pharmaceutical compounds in water supplies has been well documented for several decades, but the exact threat posed and recommended responses have been debated just as long. The health impact on humans and wildlife remains a concern for many scientists […]

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Downstream Drugs: Big Pharma’s Big Water Woes

They report on opiods, amphetamines and other pharmaceuticals found in treated drinking water; antibiotics in groundwater capable of altering naturally occurring bacterial communities; and over-the-counter and prescription drugs found in water leeching from municipal landfills.

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Aurora to pay fines, fees for improper disposal of hazardous waste

Aurora Health Care Inc. will pay $340,000 for improperly disposing pharmaceutical hazardous waste in landfills, Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen said Wednesday. Aurora, the largest health care organization in the state, violated state law by treating the hazardous pharmaceutical waste as solid waste from at least 2006 until 2010, the state alleged in its complaint.

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What is the long-term health impact of pharmaceuticals in our water?

Scientists have been detecting traces of pharmaceuticals in our water systems for about 30 years now, but the research shows no one is getting a full dose of say, Prozac, just from drinking tap water. However, scientists do wonder whether these compounds may be having more subtle, long-term impacts on human health.

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DEA’S National Prescription Drug Take-Back Days Meet a Growing Need for Americans

After seven previous Take Back Days spread over almost four years, 780,158 pounds (390 tons) of pills were brought to the 6,072 collection sites that DEA and its 4,423 state, local, and tribal law enforcement partners set up on April 26 so the public could discard unwanted, unused and expired prescription drugs from medicine cabinets, bedside tables, and kitchen drawers.

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Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals and Verde Environmental Technologies Team to Provide Medsaway Disposal System

Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals and Verde Environmental Technologies, Inc., have joined forces to address growing concerns regarding responsible disposal of prescriptions and diversion of unused opioid pain medications. Mallinckrodt and Verde will make the Verde Medsaway® disposable pouches for home medication available to patients through their physicians’ offices.

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Drug Take-Back Day benefits all

Participate in National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. These events, which are held twice a year in the spring and fall, allow consumers to bring their unused, unwanted and expired pharmaceutical drugs to a central location to be disposed in a safe, legal and environmentally conscious way.

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Medicine disposal program nets almost a ton in six months

Medina County residents have turned in almost a ton of unused prescription drugs to the Medina County Drug Task Force since October.

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New technology uses sunlight to purify water

Sunlight plus a common titanium pigment might be the secret recipe for ridding pharmaceuticals, pesticides and other potentially harmful pollutants from drinking water. Scientists combined several high-tech components to make an easy-to-use water purifier that could work with the world’s most basic form of energy, sunlight, in a boon for water purification in rural areas or developing countries.

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Pharmaceuticals found in Rhine River

Scientists from Delft University of Technology have become the first to link the presence of pharmaceutical residues in the Rhine to the demographic characteristics of people living along the Rhine. This knowledge could be used to develop a better way of dealing with the contamination of drinking water with pharmaceutical residues.

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‘Take it to THE BOX’ medication disposal program begins fourth year

‘Take it to THE BOX’ medication disposal program begins fourth year. More than 1,000 pounds of medications have been collected and disposed of since 2011.

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Greenville NC event collects 250 pounds of medications

More than 100 Greenville-area residents turned in 250 pounds of pills and other medications in four hours Saturday during a statewide effort to collect unused and expired pharmaceuticals.

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