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I read the “Laurels & Lances” (Sept. 10 and TribLIVE.com) item that gave groups collecting old prescription drugs a Laurel. That is commendable. However, what about all the drugs — standard medications and narcotics — that I, a registered nurse at a nursing home and hospice, flush down the drain after my patients go home or die?

I have expressed my concern about polluting water sources but no one in administration chooses to try another method of disposal. It doesn’t feel right to do this. Can you imagine how many other health-care facilities in the Pittsburgh area are disposing of old medications in the same manner?

What a waste of health care dollars to throw away perfectly good medications because we are not allowed to return them to the pharmacy if the cards they are on are opened, even though the pills have not been touched.

Marcia J. Forbes

Butler Township

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