[Pharmwaste] pharms in drinking water report - 5 years ago

margaret.shield at cehstrategies.com margaret.shield at cehstrategies.com
Thu May 12 23:22:13 EDT 2016

For water quality focused folks, I just ran across a 2011 GAO report I'd
forgotten about. It called for interagency federal actions on
pharmaceuticals in drinking water.

http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-11-346  Action Needed to Sustain Agencies'
Collaboration on Pharmaceuticals in Drinking Water


This September, it will be 5 years since this report came out. What has been
done in five years?  Was an interagency working group ever formed?  Was any
funding available?

The FDA continues to assert the need for its "flush list" for disposal of
highly dangerous medicines, much to the ire of local water agencies.

Wouldn't it be ironic if the DEA is the federal agency that's done the most
on reducing pharms in drinking water by writing their rule?

The report's exec summary said: "Some states and local governments as well
as the Drug Enforcement Administration have taken actions that could reduce
the extent to which pharmaceuticals occur in drinking water. These efforts
have primarily been through drug take-back programs to encourage proper
control and disposal of pharmaceuticals."

And of course there's so much more to do in making drug take-back programs
accessible in every community!


Perhaps there's a hook in this 5 year mark. TIme to call for real action on
pharmaceuticals and drinking water quality.

A report to point out to EPA as they hurry to address the lead in drinking
water crisis and develop a NATIONAL ACTION PLAN FOR SAFE DRINKING WATER, see


Margaret Shield, PhD

Community Environmental Health Strategies, LLC

 <mailto:margaret.shield at CEHstrategies.com>
margaret.shield at CEHstrategies.com

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