What's Really the Best Way to Dispose of Unused Pharmaceuticals?

The Scientist has a brief piece about a study that evaluated different options for disposing of unused drugs, like antibiotics, and found that contrary to conventional belief, the garbage really is the best way to go.  From the piece:

Consumers throw away an estimated 200 million pounds of unused pharmaceuticals every year, but what’s the best way to dispose of these leftovers? Despite claims that trashed drugs can leach into the local waterways, where they may affect both environmental and human health, astudy published last month (April 11) from researchers at the University of Michigan found that the best and most cost effective way to reduce impact was, in fact, to throw unused pills in the garbage.

Read the entire piece at The Scientist

Posted on May 20, 2012 .