[Pharmwaste] Trashing drugs is bad advice!

Ed Gottlieb EGottlieb at cityofithaca.org
Thu Aug 3 13:50:50 EDT 2017

I was totally shocked to hear Dr. Natalie Azar promote trash disposal with kitty litter for unwanted medications on the Today Show.  Starting at 3:23; http://www.today.com/video/are-you-taking-more-medication-than-you-need-to-here-s-how-to-find-out-1016325187621

The EPA, DEA, FDA, and many other federal and state agencies say that take-back programs are the preferred method of disposal and trash disposal should only be used as a last resort.  Just yesterday, the acting


The only stake-holders that promote trash disposal as the preferred method of disposal are PhARMA and disposal product manufactures.

Please consider

Ed Gottlieb
Chair, Coalition for Safe Medication Disposal
Board Member, New York Product Stewardship Council
Industrial Pretreatment Coordinator
Ithaca Area Wastewater Treatment Facility
525 3rd Street
Ithaca, NY  14850
(607) 273-8381
fax: (607) 273-8433
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