The Prescription and Drug Disposal program began as a Pontiac Township High School effort to raise awareness and reduce the amount of pharmaceutical drugs in our water supply.
The idea for the project came when Mr. Ritter’s wife, Jodee, asked what she should do with some unused pharmaceuticals in their medicine cabinet. Not sure what the correct method of disposal was, Mr. Ritter posed the question to his Ecology students and they went right to work. The young ecologists utilized information from the Internet, and enlisted the help of local officials from Illinois American Water’s, Tim Tuley, Pontiac’s Street Superintendent, Chris Brock, and the Mayor of Pontiac, Scott McCoy.
Their hard work and effort uncovered startling information pertaining to the effect of pharmaceuticals on the quality of drinking water around the world. They found that scientists with the United States Geological Society have detected drugs such as antibiotics, anti-depressants, birth control pills, seizure medication, cancer treatments, pain killers, tranquilizers and cholesterol-lowering compounds in varied ground water sources.