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Friday, May 14, 2010

Schuyler County Pharmaceutical Collection

June 12th from 8am-11am at the Shared Services Building. First Ever Schuyler County Pharmaceutical Collection: The Health Department along with the Sheriff's Department and the WG Village Police, are sponsoring a collection day for unwanted and outdated medications. Acceptable materials include prescription and non-prescription medications (pills, tablets, capsules, liquids, patches and ointments). Medications should be brought, when possible, in their original containers with the patients name blacked out. This event is being organized as part of the Department of Environmental Conservation’s “Don’t Flush Your Drugs” campaign. A nationwide study done in 1999 and 2000 by the United States Geological Survey (USGS) found low levels of drugs such as antibiotics, hormones, contraceptives and steroids in 80% of the rivers and streams tested. Several other studies show that when pharmaceuticals are flushed down the toilet they end up in our water supplies leading to impacts on aquatic life such as feminization of fish and frogs as well as reduced fertility in certain species, ultimately leading to decreased biodiversity. If you would like more information on the event please contact the Schuyler County Health Department at 535-8140.

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