Posted by: Bert Copple | April 19, 2010

The Pappageorge Perspective for the week of 4.15.10

The Pappageorge Perspective for the week of 4.15.10

By: Senator John Pappageorge

Did you know traces of Prozac, heart medications and antibiotics were found in a 2002 U.S. Geological Society survey of 140 streams across the country?

That’s why you shouldn’t flush an expired prescription or one you just don’t use anymore. By disposing of them properly you can safeguard our lakes, streams and water supply.

To help protect the environment, and seniors and children across Oakland County from expired or unused prescription drugs I am co-sponsoring “Operation Medicine Cabinet” on Earth Day.

I’m working on this important project with Home Instead Senior Care, Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard and his office, and community and business partners. The event provides people with a convenient way to properly dispose of expired or unused prescriptions at several different locations around Oakland County.

Recent studies conducted in Michigan and other states revealed that many substances dumped down toilets or thrown into landfills show up later in watersheds, streams and lakes. Removing and disposing of these drugs properly also helps keep prescription drugs out of the hands of unauthorized users and seniors, who may have trouble keeping track of a large number of medications they are prescribed.

Medications remain effective for a set period and many become less potent and sometimes harmful after their expiration date. Over time, chemical reactions can alter the properties of prescription and over the counter drugs, creating a potential for misuse and/or harmful effects if ingested beyond the safe consumption date.

The event is scheduled for Thursday, April 22 from 2 to 5 p.m. in the Southfield Public Library’s meeting room, located at 26300 Evergreen Road in Southfield. Refreshments, goody bags and earth-friendly door prizes will be available to those in attendance.

For more information, including a list of additional drop-off locations, days and times, visit:

Contact information

Thank you for your interest in our current state issues. If you would like to discontinue receiving legislative updates via e-mail, or have any questions or concerns, please contact my office at or by calling 877-SEN-13TH (736-1384). In addition, my website offers information on a variety of issues that may be of interest to you. Please visit it at


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