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ECUA ECSO DEA and Walgreen's Conduct 2nd Annual Pharmaceutical Round-Up
05/01/2011

ECUA Pharmaceutical Round Up

The ECUA and the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office, in coordination with the Drug Enforcement Administration, appeared at six local Walgreens, and four ECSO Precinct locations, Saturday, April 30. The “Prescription Drug Round-Up” collected over 125 pounds of expired, unwanted or unused pharmaceutically controlled substances, and other medications for destruction. The pharmaceuticals collected has an estimated value of over a half million dollars.

Pharmaceuticals are being discovered in our nation's waters at very low concentrations, and to date, no evidence has been found on human health effects or in the environment. While the sources of these pharmaceuticals may be numerous, the Environmental Protection Agency has been studying unused pharmaceutical disposal practices. This study was prompted by the concern that potentially large amounts of pharmaceuticals are being flushed or disposed of down the drain, ultimately ending up in rivers, streams and coastal waters.

The good news is the ECUA water is safe. Why? The Authority doesn’t draw our water supply from surface waters, such as streams or lakes. We have 32 active wells drawing our water from the Sand-and-Gravel Aquifer-not surface water.