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Is there a "sophisticated" way to get rid of unused expired medicines in Chiang Mai ?

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Yes.

Most houses have them, the big white bowls in the bathroom. Open bottle, pour contents into white bowl then push the little lever at the back. Hey Presto, they are washed away.

Be careful not to put the bottle in too. May end up with a flushing problem.

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Further to the above. I have enquired about this in the past and even hospitals seem to throw out in the trash.

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A frivolous answer from the previos poster. Flushing medicines down the toilet - especially septic tanks based - can put chemicals into the water table even after treatment and can cause bad reactions to the flora and fauna. It's bad enough that millions of women around the world are peeing hormone overflows from birth control pills into the water without adding more.

Flushing is the easy way out but should be avoided. Try asking a local clinic/hospital although, cynic as I am, I would be wary of giving them medicines to dispose of since they might relabel and sell them back!

Any one out there got a solution?

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A frivolous answer from the previos poster. Flushing medicines down the toilet - especially septic tanks based - can put chemicals into the water table even after treatment and can cause bad reactions to the flora and fauna. It's bad enough that millions of women around the world are peeing hormone overflows from birth control pills into the water without adding more.

Flushing is the easy way out but should be avoided. Try asking a local clinic/hospital although, cynic as I am, I would be wary of giving them medicines to dispose of since they might relabel and sell them back!

Any one out there got a solution?

Compared to the tons of chemicals being used on crops (in the form of fertilizers and pesticides) that are leeching into the water table, I suspect a few valiums won't have much effect.

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Any one out there got a solution?

Yeah, round 'em up in a field and bomb the bastards! :D:o

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Put them in the bin.. I'd be surprised if someone would go the effort to nick them after they've been in there for a bit of time.

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You'd hardly find a more informed poster on things Chiang Mai than p1p, so you may want to do some research before passing judgement. If you are really concerned just burn them, or take them to a pharmacist and hope they have enough integrity not to resell them. If that's the case he'll probably flush them, or toss them in with the rubbish.

If you are really, really concerned, crush them into a powder, and sprinkle little bits at a time out the window as you drive around the city, thereby avoiding a hazarous concentration. Sounds flippant, yes, but it would solve the problem.

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I believe that medicines are biodegradeable...flushing should be fine...doctors say to do it...is there any evidence that flushing them is bad or is this just some rumor or someone's idle speculation?

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I'm no expert to be sure, but it seems to me that any medecine that is intended for human consumption would be OK to flush down the toilet, as that is what happens to everything else consumed by humans.

Considering the amount of bacterias and other nastiness in raw sewage, the medecines might also have a small positive effect at killing the bacterias which gets into the water table as well.

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I believe that medicines are biodegradeable...flushing should be fine...doctors say to do it...is there any evidence that flushing them is bad or is this just some rumor or someone's idle speculation?

A water quality study in Sweden last year showed up rather high concentrations of SSRIs (antidepressants, such as citalopram) circulating around the echo system. I am not sure to what extent this affects the wildlife, but rumour has it that the suicide rate among sewage rats and catfish is steadily declining.

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I believe that medicines are biodegradeable...flushing should be fine...doctors say to do it...is there any evidence that flushing them is bad or is this just some rumor or someone's idle speculation?

A water quality study in Sweden last year showed up rather high concentrations of SSRIs (antidepressants, such as citalopram) circulating around the echo system. I am not sure to what extent this affects the wildlife, but rumour has it that the suicide rate among sewage rats and catfish is steadily declining.

:o:D

nice one ms.

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...but rumour has it that the suicide rate among sewage rats and catfish is steadily declining.

ROTFL :o

Or does it have to do with the inclusion of sewage rats into Swedish animal welfare program?

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I believe that medicines are biodegradeable...flushing should be fine...doctors say to do it...is there any evidence that flushing them is bad or is this just some rumor or someone's idle speculation?

A water quality study in Sweden last year showed up rather high concentrations of SSRIs (antidepressants, such as citalopram) circulating around the echo system. I am not sure to what extent this affects the wildlife, but rumour has it that the suicide rate among sewage rats and catfish is steadily declining.

Interesting study...perhaps I'll google to see if I can find it...perhaps they should outlaw the drug if its causing environmental damage. If you've got a link please post.

Edit:.......ooooooooops, I just re-read the last sentence.....hahahhahahahahahha

Edited by chownah

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