EPA to ask nursing homes about unused medication disposal
The EPA plans to send out a Draft Questionnaire for Unused Pharmaceutical Disposal in the Health Care Industry in 2009. Approximately 3,500 nursing homes, long-term care facilities and hospitals will be asked to describe their pharmaceutical disposal habits over the course of a 30-day period.
EPA officials hope to discover how the unused medication, which is routinely flushed through public water treatment plants and into surface waters, affects the environment and public safety. A final report is expected in 2010.