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Pharmaceutical Disposal Information

Illinois American Water has become a model for water source protection through proper pharmaceutical disposal. To date, the company has helped set up 14 disposal programs and contributed to the collection and proper disposal of several thousand pounds of unwanted medications.

The pharmaceutical disposal program utilized by Illinois American Water was developed by Pontiac High School Township students and their teacher Paul Ritter. The program, P2D2, has been recognized by Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Natural Resources as a model for all pharmaceutical disposal programs. The program has helped collect and dispose of over 130,000 pounds of unwanted medications.

“This program gives residents an alternative to flushing their medications, which can be harmful to our water sources,” said Karla Olson Teasley, president of Illinois American Water. “By properly disposing of unwanted medications we are helping to protect our water supply for future generations.”

Illinois American Water, a member of the Illinois EPA Medication Education Disposal Solutions task force, works with P2D2, communities and environmental leaders to place pharmaceutical drop boxes at convenient locations so residents can easily dispose of their unwanted medications. Collected medications are destroyed through incineration. To find a pharmaceutical disposal location near you, click here.