BUFFALO, N.Y. -- 'Take-back' initiatives such as the National
Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, April 28, can help
keep harmful pharmaceuticals out of waterways including the Great
Lakes, says University at Buffalo expert Helen Domske.
Domske, associate director of UB's Great Lakes Program, says
people dump antibiotics, hormonal supplements and other drugs down
the drain every day without realizing that they're polluting the
"Most treatment plants were not designed to deal with
pharmaceuticals," Domske says. "The substances pass through the
treatment facilities and are released into local waterways, posing
a threat for fish and other aquatic organisms."
By enabling people to drop off unwanted medication at safe
locations, take-back programs help keep our waters clean, she
For Domske's contact information and a Q&A with her on this
important issue, visit UB's
Faculty Experts section.