How Prescription Drugs Affect Your Water Supply

Believe it or not, most people rarely finish the entire prescription their doctors provide them. Think about it — how many bottles of unfinished medication do you have just sitting in your bathroom cabinet? Probably a lot. The problem comes in when those leftover prescription drugs find their way into our water systems and create some harmful consequences.

How Do Prescription Drugs Get in My Water?

Poor Disposal

Unfortunately, a lot of people dispose of their leftover pills by dumping them down the toilet. The medication then gets broken down and the particles (and the drugs and chemicals they contain) travel through the area’s water. So when you pour a glass from your tap, you could be drinking the remnants of someone’s blood pressure or acid reflux medication.


Some medications don’t get fully absorbed into your body so they end up entering your water supply in urine and waste. When this happens, those medications may not always get filtered out in water treatment plants.

How Do I Ensure My Water is Clean?

Properly Dispose of Your Medication

Sorry to tell you this, but if you’re tossing your medication down the drain, you’re part of the problem. Instead take them back to your pharmacy! Many pharmacies will gladly take back any unused prescription or over-the-counter medications so they are disposed of safely.

Get a Water Filter

While large water filters may not be able to catch all the remnant of flushed medications, a small whole-home water filter can. A good water filter may be the difference between clean water and drinking someone’s old Mucinex.

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