How does medication get into our water?
When medication is not disposed of properly, it can end up in our lakes, rivers, streams, and ground water. Pharmaceuticals are often discarded by throwing them down a drain, toilet, or carelessly into the trash. When disposed of this way, over time, these medications can find their way into the ground water supply, runoff into lakes, rivers and streams, and, in rare occasions, top soil.

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1. What is wrong with flushing medications down the toilet?
2. How does medication get into our water?
3. How does medication in the water affect me and the environment?
4. Is it okay for me to throw medication in the trash?
5. Where can I go to drop off my medications?
6. Why is it limited to only residents of Batavia?
7. What if I don’t live in Batavia or am not eligible to participate?
8. What medicine is not accepted?
9. How do I dispose of inhalers?
10. How do I dispose of needles?
11. Can I just bring medications back to my local pharmacy?
12. What happens to the medications after I drop them off? Is the disposal environmentally safe?