Pre- and Post-perceptions of proper pharmaceutical disposal
Sedler, Hollie Jo
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Pharmaceuticals are produced and used in increasingly large volumes every year. With this growth comes concern about the fate and effects of these compounds in the environment. The discovery of pharmaceuticals in the aquatic environment has stimulated research in the last decade. A wide range of pharmaceuticals has been found in fresh and marine waters, and it has recently been shown that even in small quantities, some of these compounds have the potential to cause harm to aquatic life. The primary pathway into the environment is the use and disposal of medicines. Students at the University of Central Missouri, located in Warrensburg, MO were requested to take part in a study. A pre-survey questionnaire, educational flier, and post-survey questionnaire were issued to gather and gain information. The results display that there is a need for proper education in the student community.