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MEDICATIONS IN THE TRASH: A HEALTH & ENVIRONMENTAL HAZARD

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Worldwide, landfills serve as the most common final destination for a wide range of business and consumer wastes discarded into the regular trash, including unwanted or expired medications. Unfortunately, landfills are also one of the primary sources of contamination in ground waters and surface waters. Once rainwater or other leaky wastes mix with the solid waste buried at landfills, a “leachate” liquid is created. When medications are disposed in the trash, they eventually contribute to this leachate, creating complex chemical cocktails that can end up in drinking water, rivers, and oceans alike, with the potential to cause serious public health and environmental issues