The Effects of Pharmaceutical Waste on the Environment

By: BJ Neller   /   October 19, 2015

Few people would deny that modern pharmaceuticals have been a boon for modern society. Thanks to the plethora of drugs that are available to us, we live longer and healthier lives than did our ancestors. But with every boon there is a downside. The same kinds of medications that can be life saving also necessitate that companies warn people about the possible dangers they can pose when abused or used improperly. Thus, this illustrates the dual nature of modern pharmaceuticals – they have the ability to not only cure and treat a great many conditions, they also pose a great many dangers. Those dangers exist not just for the individual taking the medications; they can also extend to others as well. The dangers are in the form pharmaceutical waste. For example, a 2002 study

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by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) found organic wastewater contaminants (OWCs) – including many pharmaceutical contaminants – in 80 percent of 139 streams in 30 of the states it sampled. Among the effects of pharmaceutical waste on the environment is that it causes feminization of male fish, sluggish activity and reduced appetite. In humans many of the effects of these agents are unknown but are thought to be harmful as well. This is why the disposal of pharmaceutical waste is regulated so stringently. This is also why the problem requires resolve on the part of businesses and individuals as well as governments and companies who regulate and dispose of such waste. Secure Waste Disposal, Inc. is a waste management company in Orlando that specializes in the proper disposal of pharmaceutical and hazardous waste. We do so by properly disposing of these materials in a multi-staged and well regulated process. Not only do we professionally pickup, remove, and transport biomedical waste, we also document the complete chain of custody required in responsibly handling waste materials. We also handle every step in between. We also specialize in bio waste disposal. Biohazardous waste includes any waste containing infectious materials or potentially infectious substances such as blood. Items of particular concern include things like as needles, blades and glass pipettes. Bio hazard waste disposal companies like Secure Waste Disposal, Inc. are experts in the proper disposal of such items as well as in the regulations that mandate how these substances are to be handled. We believe in being responsible members of our communities and stewards of our environment. So if you have bio hazard waste that needs disposing, you can trust Secure Waste Disposal to get the job done right.