The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day will take place on Saturday, October 27, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. To locate a collection site near you, click here or call (800) 882-9539. Refer to the Livermore Police Department for more information about the next Drug Take-Back event.
It used to be common practice to dispose of unused, unwanted or expired medications by flushing them down the toilet or down the sink drain. In fact, your doctor or pharmacist may even have directed you to do so in the past. However, it is now known that the medications are BAD for the environment!
Medications that are harmful to the environment
Wastewater treatment plants are designed to remove pollutants such as solids and biodegradable materials; they are not designed to remove man-made pollutants such as medications. Since the treated wastewater from the Livermore Water Reclamation Plant is ultimately discharged into the San Francisco Bay, medications present in the wastewater will find their way into the Bay.
Medications enter the sewer system in a couple of ways:
One way to reduce the level of medications in the water bodies is to reduce the