There has been an explosion of news coverage recently concerning issues with pharmaceuticals. There is an opioid epidemic, causing concerns for the proper management of opioids — mostly prescribed pills of pain relief opioids like Vicodin and Oxycontin. There is also a high level of environmental concern reflecting the disposal of medications of all types, as there are many studies that have been completed on the impacts of human-use pharmaceuticals on water habitats.
The developed world enjoys the benefits of superior healthcare, and much of the advancements in well-being and life longevity can be attributed to the availability of pharmaceuticals. The discussion will focus on the use of pharmaceuticals in the United States. While the availability of drugs — both prescription and over-the-counter drugs — are beneficial in maintaining our health, we are facing a large dilemma with the proper disposal of excess and discarded pharmaceuticals. The concern we are now facing is — how should we properly dispose of these excess pharmaceuticals?
Learn more about Incineration of Discarded Pharmaceuticals:
- Improper pharmaceutical disposal
- Sinking or flushing
- Solid waste stream
- Waste treatment process
- Why Incineration is the preferred treatment of discarded pharmaceuticals
- Effects on pharmaceuticals