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Getting Drugs Out of Iowa Waterways

November 16, 2007

Des Moines, IA – For years, people with unwanted prescription drugs have simply flushed them down the toilet. But now, concentrations of those chemicals are showing up in Iowa's rivers and streams. Metro Waste Authority spokesperson Amy Horst says the agency has been contracted by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources to conduct a unique pilot program to cut down on the problem. A designated pharmacy in each of 15 Iowa counties will collect unused and unwanted prescriptions from various institutions.

"Metro Waste Authority will collect those pharmaceuticals from the pharmacies and they will be managed through scrub incineration at an Environmental Protection Agency permitted location."

Horst says the program is for places like assisted living facilities and hospices that have large amounts of drugs to dispose of. In addition, other citizens can help by disposing of drugs without flushing them.

"Take their pills out of the bottle, mix them with something that is really disgusting and put it into the trash. That deters people from wanting to sort through somebody's trash to get pharmaceuticals."

She says new federal guidelines suggest mixing the drugs with cat litter or coffee grounds.

Dick Layman/Eric Mack, Public News Service - IA