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What Tylenol Does To Our Environment

Considering all the horrible chemicals that pollute our environment and harm your health, do you ever wonder what happens to those old, and hopefully unused, bottles of drugs once you flush them down the toilet? As you can well imagine, nothing good...

Even an over-the-counter drug like acetaminophen -- the most widely used pain reliever in America -- can become toxic when combined with chlorine, according to a study by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

When acetaminophen is combined with chlorine during the disinfection process, it forms a minimum of 11 new products, two of which are toxic. Makes sense, considering acetaminophen is one of the more widely detected man-made chemicals in the environment, according to a study of 139 streams by the U.S. Geological Survey.

All the more reason to ensure the water you're drinking is clean and pass up acetaminophen for safer, healthier options.

Environmental Science and Technology November 30, 2005

Science Daily December 23, 2005

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