Prescription Drugs in Wastewater

The variety and quantity of prescription drugs is  a concern to wastewater treatment facilities, due to their inability to effectively remove them. This is especially true in the U.S., where we make up 5% of the world's population but consume 50% of the worlds prescription drugs.

The Brush Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant is designed to remove and alter organic wastes and biological pollutants through the use physical, chemical, and biological processes. The two primary by-products of the treatment system are sludge and effluent water. This is a significant problem because the synthetic drugs are not being separated from the sludge and effluent water.The majority of the pharmaceutical drugs drop-out with the sludge, but a small amount passes through the wastewater treatment system and is carried downstream negatively affecting wildlife and the environment. This drug drop-out also threatens potable water treatment plants that were not designed to effectively remove these types of pollutants
What You Can Do:  With proper disposal, everyone can do their part by reducing the amount of prescription drugs reaching our environment.  NEVER FLUSH PRESCRIPTION DRUGS OR WASH DOWN THE SINK!  Safely dispose of medications at the self service collection vault in the Police Department lobby,  Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM until 10:00 PM.

All types of medications are accepted including prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications and veterinary medicines - tablets, liquids, ointments, or pads. However, no sharps, inhalers, medical equipment, medical wastes or hydrogen peroxide can be accepted.    

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