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It’s important to keep unneeded and expired medications out of the wrong hands, but the way in which you dispose of these pills matters too. Family medicine practitioners urge patients to bring unused medications to pharmacies for proper disposal or to mix them with used coffee grounds or kitty litter, and throw them in the garbage. Watch this video to hear some alarming research about how medications enter the public water supply when they are flushed instead.

This science educator explains how all sorts of medicines—from anti-seizure drugs to birth control pills—pollute bodies of water, and cause serious health problems and mutations in wildlife. From there, the medication residue enters household drinking water. It isn’t yet known exactly how this drug cocktail will eventually affect human health.

If you have any questions about your prescribed medications, the healthcare providers at Paramount Urgent Care are always here to help. For more information about our accessible medical services near Orlando, please visit