Saturday, December 3, 2011

Unprescribed — Drugs in the Water Cycle

In 2009, 3.9 billion prescriptions were dispensed in the United States, and an estimated 10 to 40 percent of medicines are not used. With 78 million baby boomers reaching the age when prescription drug use will increase, how will this affect environmental and drinking water?

The infographic below shows how these pharmaceuticals, if not properly disposed of, can end up in the water cycle.

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