Don’t flush it – Proper disposal of antibiotics
Pharmaceuticals can enter our environment in various ways. Unfortunately, it is not only the medicines we already take in through our bodies that enter the environment, but also the incorrect disposal of unused medicines. These substances are often disposed of by the consumer via waste water. In this way, however, the substances end up directly in the environment, which has a negative impact on the animal and plant world. For example, antibiotic resistance can spread and disturb the hormone balance of fish. Pharmaceuticals in the environment therefore represent an invisible danger.
In Germany, there are various disposal options. Citizens can find out more about them at www.arzneimittelentsorgung.de, which displays information about each community. The most common methods are disposal via residual waste and dispensing the drugs in pharmacies. The Federal Ministry for the Environment (BMU) is also pursuing the goal of achieving a higher level of education among the population and creating awareness of this problem with the campaign Spül’s nicht runter (Don’t flush it). Proper disposal of medicines also applies to veterinary medicines. The most important rules are summarized once again in this short clip (German).