Wednesday, October 1, 2008

California warns Residents not to flush pharmaceuticals

What happens to your unused pharmaceuticals? Many consumers are concerned with the increased numbers of pharmaceuticals showing up in our drinking water. Some states are answering this issue with collection and or recycling programs.

The California state and local officials are teaming with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for a "No Drugs Down the Drain Week," starting with events Oct. 2. The program recommends that drugs be dropped at special collection sites or tossed in the trash.

Some states collect unused drugs and then destroy them and according to according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 36 states have recycling programs for prescriptions to be redistributed to needy individuals. The regulations for these states vary, but the general provisions for recycling are as follows:

• All donated drugs must not be expired and must have a verified future expiration date.
• Controlled substances as defined by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration are usually excluded and prohibited.
• A state-licensed pharmacist or pharmacy must be part of the verification and distribution process.
• Each patient who receives a drug must have a valid prescription form in his or her own name.

On the surface this is at the least a protection for our environment, and at the most a fine humanitarian effort…but the only safe way that drugs can be properly recycled and properly dispensed for those in need is to make certain that they are authentic by using a non-destructive verification process.

XStream Systems, XT250 is designed to authenticate and verify materials inside its container without degrading or destroying the material.
Save the environment and help those in need, recycle drugs by authenticating them.

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