How does medication in the water affect me and the environment?
Medication that is not disposed of properly can harm humans and wildlife, especially fish and amphibians. Medications that a thrown in the trash may be easy for kids to get into. Thousands of children every year are treated for unintentional ingestion of pharmaceuticals. Pharmaceuticals in the water have been shown to adversely affect wildlife. Trace amounts have been found in some samples of finished drinking water, but the Illinois Department of Public Health and the U.S. EPA do not
believe it to endanger public health.

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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?