Archive for March 23rd, 2009

Environmentally-Responsible Drug Disposal

Did you ever wonder what happens to all the illegal drugs that get seized and confiscated by law enforcement every year? I got to wondering about it after stumbling across this article about environmentally-friendly ways of disposing of prescription meds. Well, I did some digging, and some of the answers are fairly surprising.

The United Nations has guidelines for the safe disposal of chemical precursors used in the drug manufacturing process, but that seems to be about as close as anyone gets to dictating how drugs should be disposed of. Burning seems to be a popular answer, but can be difficult under some circumstances, and may have undesirable short-term effects on those nearby.
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Published in: Geekiness, General | on March 23rd, 2009 | 6 Comments »