Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Drug Disposal and Cleaner Waterways

What about a seven (7) cent tax on Prescriptions & OTC Medications to fund Clean Water? Long advised and wrongly so, Prescriptions/Medications have been flushed down toilets and/or leach out septic systems & landfills. These actions have documented negative affects on our waterways & biological creatures.

Actually, all I want is a new program, could be state ran, what do I care who's in control of it. Simply put; install collection barrels in Pharmacies for incineration of all unused Pharmaceuticals, Prescription or otherwise. Though, seven (7) cents a Script & OTC medications would fully fund it.

Part of the message sent to both Senator Brown and Senator Portman, about once per year, updated annually.

Sourced information:
1.5B otc purchases/yr, based on numbers found here: http://www.chpa.org/MarketStats.aspx
4B scripts written/yr: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/09/120912125529.htm
5.5B total purchases (est downward, higher than 1.00 ave purchases otc)

67,000 Pharmacies: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pharmacies_in_the_United_States
$100/wk/per pharmacy collection & incineration: (est. upward on various commercial delivery/waste collection & disposal sources)
10% admin & PR (program costs managed by annual receipts)
Manufacturers pay for own disposal

Est. Cost 385M (est. upward)
Est. Receipts 390M (est. downward)

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