Wednesday, June 01, 2011

HS Students Help Pass Pharma Waste Law

An Illinois high school teacher and his students helped pass a state-wide pharmaceutical disposal law. This ecology teacher is the director of the national Prescription Pill and Disposal Plan, which has already spread to 13 states (though not New York).

Improper disposal of meds (putting them in regular trash or flushing down the toilet) leads to a dangerous environmental imbalance. A 2000 U.S. Geological Survey found pharmaceuticals in some 80% of streams sampled in 30 states. We need a good pharmaceutical disposal law in New York. Read more about the new legislation.

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