Don’t flush ’em!
When we flush pharmaceuticals down the toilet, some of these drugs end up in our rivers where they can harm fish, wildlife and even humans. For example, fish in the Columbia and Willamette rivers show evidence of exposure to estrogen-like chemicals from birth control pills and other sources, which causes male fish to develop female sex organs—and this could reduce fertility and threaten species’ survival.
In April 2016 OPB reported on the problem of prescription meds showing up in our waterways in Don’t Flush ‘Em! Oregon’s Water Not Tested For Pharmaceuticals.
You can help solve this problem. Don’t flush your leftover or expired meds down the toilet. Instead, take unused medications to permanent collection boxes found in 50 communities around Oregon, save them for a Prescription Drug Take-Back Day (April 30, 2016), or mix them with kitty litter or coffee grounds and dispose of them in the trash.