Pharmaceuticals in Drinking Water
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Studies show that trace amounts of
pharmaceuticals have appeared in various community water supplies. The current best
practice for managing waste drugs is through high temperature incineration
at a licensed facility. Until a permanent solution is in place to
collect unwanted medications, several temporary collections have been set
up across the state.
Use the following resources to help facilitate
proper handling of waste medications.
information on waste pharmaceuticals
Comprehensive collection of information on household drug disposal and
non-household pharmaceutical disposal.
Unwanted Medicines: A resource for action in your community.
A toolkit for waste medication collection event organizers developed by
the Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant.
pharmaceutical collections in Wisconsin
List of pharmaceutical collections throughout the
state developed by University of Wisconsin-Extension .
for a pharmaceutical clean sweep collection grant
Wisconsin Department of Agriculture Trade and Consumer Protection is
offering clean sweep grants for communities planning drug collections.
Waste at Non-Hospital Healthcare Facilities
A DHS and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources document that defines the different types of health care
facilities and how pharmaceutical waste should be handled.
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March 20, 2014