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[Comments] (1) Somebody's poisoned the waterhole: Yesterday on the news they ran this whole segment on how they are finding significant trace amounts of various medications in our drinking water. No wonder my cholesterol is down.

This of course led me to reflect on a scene that occured shortly after Frances's passing. The home health nurse, and others at the scene, if my memory serves me, were urging Susie to dump three gallon-sized ziplock bags worth of old meds down the toilet. I really couldn't explain why at the time, but that really did not seem like a good idea to me. I really felt like dumping them in the garbage was the right answer. I know I know, dumpster divers would have had a field day. But still. I couldn't help but think that this was harming innocent fishies, let alone the human race.

As it turns out, in SL county at least, you can take your meds to the police station. They have bins to collect them that look like library return repositories. The officers weekly fire up the ovens. Wish we'd have known about this then. I still can't help but think how we were innocently cajoled into doing the wrong thing.


Posted by Leonard at Tue Mar 11 2008 12:57

We didn't flush them. The nurse was very diligent about collecting anything that might be a narcotic, and very cavalier about anything else. I'd actually read about a similar study, and when I brought up the danger to the water supply she acted like I didn't know what I was talking about. We topped off her standard sized narcotic collection bins with the other pills, and then after she left I dumped the rest of them in the garbage bin.


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