At United Water, we believe water is one of the most precious resources available to us and we should protect it in every way we can. Good environmental performance is a key component of sound business performance and our commitment to environmental protection extends throughout our organization to every business unit and community where we operate.
A key component of our environmental commitment is our ongoing effort aimed at enhancing the quality of drinking water sources. Clean and safe drinking water is vital to every aspect of life. That’s why we’ve partnered with the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA®), to support their Dispose My Meds program. Since 2011, our partnership with NCPA has encouraged people throughout the country to properly dispose their unused or expired medications in an environmentally friendly manner. At the center of our partnership is www.DisposeMyMeds.org, a dedicated website that serves as an online resource for communities on how to properly dispose unused medications at their local independent pharmacy.
According to Brent Fewell, Senior Vice President of Environment, Health and Safety at United Water “Some trace levels of pharmaceutical compounds have been detected in waterways throughout the world. With no technology available today to effectively remove prescription drugs from water, proper disposal is currently our only remedy.” DisposeMyMeds program is a preemptive measure aimed at enhancing the quality of drinking water sources by keeping our water supply healthy and prescription drug-free.
Every year, Americans fill more than four billion prescriptions. As much as one third of that medication will never be used, generating about 200 million pounds of pharmaceutical waste. Some of it finds its way into rivers, lakes and streams that make up our nation’s water supplies. To address this problem and increase national awareness, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has scheduled its sixth annual National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on April 27.
The Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposal, while also educating the public about the potential for abuse of these medications. This is a great opportunity for those who have subsequently accumulated unwanted or unused prescription drugs, to safely dispose of those medications. On April 27, collection sites will be available around the country. You can easily locate a collection site near you by using the Locate Collection Site tool.
Flushing medications contribute to water pollution and poses serious health risks to water supplies and fish habitat. Since there are not many disposal options readily available to us, we strongly encourage you to take advantage of the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day and dispose your meds in an environmentally responsible way.