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Pharmaceuticals in drinking water: local analysis of the problem and finding a solution through awareness.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20833618     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate public awareness of pharmaceuticals in drinking water and to develop educational efforts to promote awareness in our community.
METHODS: A review of the literature was conducted to gain a full perspective of the current issue. Questionnaires, interviews, and website feedback were used to assess awareness of the problem and the most commonly used medication disposal methods. In addition, educational flyers were created to disseminate information to the public.
RESULTS: The questionnaires were completed by a total of 96 respondents. Of respondents employed in health care, 72% had previous knowledge of pharmaceutical medications being found in our local (Charleston, SC) water supply, and of respondents not employed in health care, 54% had previous knowledge. For those with previous knowledge, 7% disposed of medications in the toilet or sink, 38% used the trash, and 36% used multiple methods. Of respondents indicating no previous knowledge, 3% disposed of medications in the toilet or sink, 35% used the trash, and 42% used multiple methods.
CONCLUSION: Public awareness of pharmaceuticals in drinking water and educational efforts focusing on proper disposal of medications are essential in helping to reduce drinking water contamination.
Julie Ehret Leal; Amy N Thompson; Walter A Brzezinski
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of the American Pharmacists Association : JAPhA     Volume:  50     ISSN:  1544-3450     ISO Abbreviation:  J Am Pharm Assoc (2003)     Publication Date:    2010 Sep-Oct
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-09-13     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101176252     Medline TA:  J Am Pharm Assoc (2003)     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  600-3     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Pharmacy Services, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston 29425, USA.
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