Prevents drugs from entering our water systems
When drugs are disposed of into the sink, they end up in the wastewater system which is not designed to remove drugs. This enables pollutants to leach into waterways, negatively impacting the quality of our lakes, rivers, and oceans. Some wastewater treatment facilities also produce sludge (marketed as ‘biosolids’). These biosolids still contain drugs and are often applied to agricultural environments. Scientists recognise the devastating effects drugs have on various animal species, particularly fish and aquatic mammals. We must address these concerns for the sake of our ecosystems as well for future generations.