We all live in a toxic environment that is making us sick, causing premature aging and even killing us. It’s not a pretty picture. We all need to do what we can to minimize the problem. A lot of people unknowingly contribute to the problem with the improper disposal of prescription and over-the-counter drugs, and with per capita drug use rising, it is getting worse.

Most people don’t realize that prescription drugs are toxic chemicals that are specifically designed to poison some aspect of your body chemistry in order to suppress a symptom. What’s happening is that people, nursing homes and even hospitals are disposing of unused drugs into sewers, septic systems and landfills, and these toxic chemical are now polluting our water supply and the environment in general.

Especially among our older population, it is typical to find a medicine cabinet filled with expired and unused drugs. Only a small fraction of these get disposed of properly, and a study in California concluded that about half of all medications are discarded.

Drugs are being found in lakes, streams and rivers, and aquatic life is being affected. Antidepressant drugs have been found concentrated in the brains of fish downstream from water treatment plants. Estrogen from birth control pills is having a feminizing effect on male fish.

According to an Associated Press investigation, an estimated 41 million Americans are drinking water laced with numerous drugs including antibiotics, anti-convulsants, sex hormones, beta blockers, tranquilizers, acetaminophen and ibuprofen. While the concentration of any one is usually low, the bioaccumulation of so many is certain to have a negative effect on our health.

So don’t be part of the problem. If you plan to discard any drugs, it should be done through a proper toxic-waste disposal facility. Better yet, think twice about purchasing these toxic chemicals. It’s hard to think of a drug for which there isn’t a safer, less expensive, and more effective natural solution. Use a high-quality reverse osmosis system to purify your drinking water.