HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - Huntsville Utilities is making a call to keep the Tennessee River clean.
It released this video promoting the DEA National Take Back event.
It cited the need to prevent pills from ending up in local waterways.
The take back event will be held on Saturday, April 27 from 9 a.m. – noon.
- Parking lot on north side of Wheeler Ave (Next to Huntsville Police Dept.) 815 Wheeler Ave NW Huntsville, AL 35801
- Alabama A&M, University Student Health & Counseling Center,
- 4011 Meridian Street, Huntsville, AL 35811
- Madison Police Dept., 100 Hughes Road, Madison, AL 35758
- CVS Pharmacy, 12275 Hwy 231-431 N, Meridianville, AL 25759
- CVS Pharmacy, 5859 AL-53, Harvest, AL 35749
The Facebook event for the take back included the following message:
“This program is completely confidential. No personal information will be collected. Help prevent drug abuse and help protect the environment. Reduce the chance of medicines entering our water supply. Thank you for taking part in this community collaborative effort to keep unused medications safe.”
University of The South researcher Dr. Martin Knoll and his colleagues found large amounts of micro-plastics in a recent study. He said the presence of the presence of the plastics compound the issues with pharmaceuticals.
“Things like pharmaceuticals and other toxins love to stick on the surfaces of these little plastic particles. So a fish or a human that inadvertently ingests micro-plastic particles is going to get a bigger load of pharmaceuticals and other toxins than you normally would if you were just drinking water without micro-plastics,” he said.
Knoll said the level of pharmaceuticals did not appear to be at a dangerous level, but preventing pills from going down the toilet is a must.