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Taipei opens recycling stations for expired drugs

Taipei opens recycling stations for expired drugs

The Taipei city government opened recycling stations for expired medications at 219 community and hospital pharmacies yesterday as part of its efforts to prevent discarded drugs and medical products from polluting the environment.
According to the results of a recent survey conducted by a national association of pharmacists, 61.5 percent of the respondents said they usually dispose of unused or expired drugs in the trash, 4.3 percent said they flush expired drugs down the toilet, 2.9 percent said they give the drugs to friends or relatives, and only 16.2 percent said they take the items to pharmacies, hospitals or clinics for recycling.
Citing the findings of field surveys by local academics, Chiu Wen-hsiang, director of the city government's Department of Health, said trace amounts of antibiotics in the Dahan and Sindian rivers in northern Taiwan exceed permissible levels set by the European Union 7,500 fold, probably because of the habit of flushing unused or expired drugs down the toilet, or high trace amounts in human excreta.


Updated : 2021-06-23 11:33 GMT+08:00