Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant and University of Illinois Extension

Chapter 1: Introduction and Background

The unintended consequences of disposal of unwanted medicines represent an emerging concern for the environment and public health. Chapter 1 provides background on this topic and includes information on disposal options, risks posed by unwanted medicine disposal, studies where pharmaceutical chemicals have been detected in the environment, the types of pharmaceutical chemicals most frequently detected in water bodies, and the various pathways by which these substances enter the environment.

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