New kit will help keep pharmaceuticals out of our water

Prescription drugsOn March 10, 2008, MSNBC’s website read:

“Pharmaceuticals lurking in U.S. drinking water … AP probe found traces of meds in water supplies of 41 million Americans”

More stories have since revealed how extensive the problem’s  become. The real ramifications of prescription drugs in the water we drink hasn’t been fully determined but this news is certainly enough to scare the heck out of most of us.

Leave it to the ingenuity of a pharmacist and an engineer to come up with a viable solution.

RX Disposal LogoChemical engineer John Heaton and  pharmacist Brian Deryck have formed start-up company RXDisposal Solutions LLC in Uniontown, Ohio. Its pharmaceutical disposal system turns discarded drugs into an insoluble solid mass that Heaton says will prevent chemical leaching into groundwater supplies.

Wastewater facilities have no way of capturing flushed pharmaceuticals, Heaton says. “There’s just no provision (for that”, he said.

The objective is to catch the drugs at the source so they never enter the water, Heaton said.

“We want to tell people they don’t want to:

  1. Throw their medications in the trash
  2. Flush them
  3. Dump them in dumpsters where folks can dumpster dive

RXDisposal Kits turn medications into safe non-toxic gel

This  will take a lot of consumer education. But this new product will help.

The RX Disposal Kit is pretty simple. This container system includes a polyurethane bag into which you’ll place all unused or expired medications. Add hot water, then shake for 60 seconds. The system liquifies, then solidifies the mix into a black, nasty-looking gel mass that can’t be easily dissolved or reversed. Put the sealed kit into the trash and you’re done.

The beauty of this process is the final mixture’s non-toxic,  so it’s not harmful to kids or pets. With it’s grainy, black look and horrible taste, they’ll certainly stear clear of it.

What's left of your meds won't hurt kids or pets

These medication disposal kits come in four sizes:

  • 1/2 cup flexible pouch
  • 1 cup pouch
  • 2 cup container
  • 8 cup (half gallon) container

“You can really throw away a lot of stuff (with these),” Heaton said.

Speaking with Heaton, I asked whether future plans included how to eliminate adding to landfills. Was it likely to end up as biofuel and become a closed loop situation?

That’s a possibility, he said. “First,” he said, “let’s stop the bleeding, then figure out what to do.”

This exciting innovation should help consumers drastically cut back on dumping chemicals that wind up polluting our drinking water and the environment. The kits will be for sale within the next week or two, Heaton said.

This is definitely a product that we’ll be keeping an eye on.

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