Pills and pharmaceuticals spilling out of pill bottle

A Prescription for Clean Water

Did you know that traces of pharmaceuticals are being detected in the environment, primarily in water (surface water, groundwater, and drinking water) and soil?

One of the ways pharmaceuticals get into our environment is by consumers throwing medications (prescription drugs and non-prescription/over-the-counter drugs) and other personal care products in the garbage, or flushing them down the toilet or the sink.

The potential human health risks associated with minute levels of pharmaceuticals in water in general and drinking water in particular is small; however, taking preventative action by disposing of pharmaceuticals safely helps protect our drinking water sources over the long term…

Most pharmacies will take back unused/expired pharmaceuticals – visit to find your local pharmacy by address/postal code.
Campaign Supporters

These are just a few of the well-known Canadians who are taking the ‘I don’t flush’ pledge—helping to keep our water clean and free of pharmaceuticals.

Rick Campanelli
Host, ET Canada
Kate Campbell
Decked Out and Disaster Decks
Ennis Esmer
Actor/Comedian, The Listener
Jessica Holmes
Paul Jones
NBA Sportscaster
Hazel McCallion
Former Mayor, City of Mississauga
Alex & Tyler Mifflin
The Water Brothers
Daren Millard
Seamus O’Regan
MP, St. John's South–Mount Pearl
Gino Reda
Host, That’s Hockey
Georgina Reilly
Actor, Murdoch Mysteries
Cabral Richards
Host, Cabbie Presents
Frank Scarpitti
Mayor of Markham
Norm Sousa
Host, Never Ever Do This At Home
Paul Spoljaric
Former Major League Baseball Player, Baseball Commentator
Scott Yaphe
TV Entertainer/Actor
In partnership with

York Region

Region of Peel Working for you

With Support from

Health Products Stewardship Association