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UtneCast: Lisa Owens Viani on Old Medications and Water Pollution

 by Bennett Gordon

Tags: Drugs and the Environment, Unseen Environmental Costs,

PillsGetting rid of old medications and pills can be an environmental disaster. The drugs are considered hazardous waste, but many people simply flush their old pills down the toilet. In the March-April issue of Utne Reader, Lisa Owens Viani wrote about some innovative strategies to get rid of expired medications. In the interview below, you can hear Owens Viani, senior editor of the northern California environmental magazine Terrain, talk about the problems with flushing pills down the toilet, and what you can do about it.

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