Communities around the country are getting wise to the threat posed by the common practice of flushing old drugs, which inevitably end up in rivers after passing straight through sewage treatment facilities, feminizing fish, mutating frogs, and worse, probably.

One recent effort in coastal Maine collected hundreds of pounds of drugs for proper disposal, but this impressive total was crushed by another grassroots “clean sweep” that collected over a ton of pharmaceuticals plus an estimated $500,000 in narcotics in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula in April.

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These initiatives make the point very well that there is no “away” when it comes to society’s waste. More resources and collection program info for Berkeley, Calif. and the states of Missouri, Maine, and Washington are listed by the Green Pharmacy Campaign here.

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