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Keeping Drugs Out of Great Lakes Focus of New Publication

This guide offers tips for keeping drugs out of the Great Lakes.
This guide offers tips for keeping drugs out of the Great Lakes.

Buffalo, NY – “Each day through improper disposal of pharmaceuticals and personal care products we add unwanted toxins to the finite system of freshwater that is the Great Lakes,” says New York Sea Grant Coastal Education Specialist Helen Domske, Buffalo, NY.

Domske is the author of “Undo the Environmental Chemical Brew: Keep Unwanted Medications & Chemicals Out of the Great Lakes.” The four-page primer tells consumers how they can keep pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PCPs) out of surface waters and why we need to do just that.

“This education campaign is helping New Yorkers learn what they can do to reduce this troubling form of water pollution,” Domske says. “The critical take-home message is not to flush unwanted or unused medicines down the toilet or the drain.”

New York Sea Grant partnered with the Illinois-Indiana, Ohio and Pennsylvania Sea Grant programs to produce the new publication with funding through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative of the US Environmental Protection Agency.

“Undo the Environmental Chemical Brew: Keep Unwanted Medications & Chemicals Out of the Great Lakes” is available with other resources online at www.seagrant.sunysb.edu/article.asp?ArticleID=558 . #