Medication disposal: A reflection about possible sanitary and environmental risks

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Abstract

This article has analyzed the drug disposal form by the population of Distrito Federal (DF), reflecting about its possible health and environmental risks. For that, an exploratory cross-sectional study was conducted based on interviews with residents of all Territorial Planning Units in DF. Among the 393 interviewees, 73.8% had a stock of medicines at home, 78.9% had already discarded drugs, which were mostly done in the common waste (73,6%). Adequate discharge was strongly associated with greater schooling (p = 0,027), higher economic classification (p = 0,005), male sex (p = 0,006) and with receiving information about the subject (p < 0,001). It is noted that the inappropriate disposal of drugs is common. It presents the need to incorporate the theme into specific policies and media.

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Ramos, H. M. P., Cruvinel, V. R. N., Meiners, M. M. M. D. A., Queiroz, C. A., & Galato, D. (2017). Medication disposal: A reflection about possible sanitary and environmental risks. Ambiente e Sociedade, 20(4), 145–168. https://doi.org/10.1590/1809-4422asoc0295r1v2042017

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