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Great Lakes-Drug Drop-Offs
(2008-04-15)
(wgvu) - BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - More than 30 million people live around the
Great Lakes, and every day an untold number of them flush unused
and expired medications down the toilet.
With trace amounts of all those pharmaceuticals showing up in
the planet's largest source of fresh drinking water, federal
officials want people in the region to dispose of medicines in a
different way.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is encouraging
consumers around the Great Lakes to drop off leftover and expired
medicines at collection centers being set up to keep the drugs out
of waterways.
The EPA has set a goal of collecting 1 million pills during an
Earth Day initiative this month.
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