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[Ambassador report] Thematic report: Calculating the environment cost of use of pharmaceutical products by human in the environment

by Asmita Gaire | 19-05-2020 23:29 Comments 18 Comments recommendations 0 recommendations



Do you know medicine/drugs that we consumed also have greater impact in the environment?

The more advancement is in the field of science and technology, the more environment is being affected. Do you know medicine/drugs that we consumed also have greater impact in the environment?

These modern medicines have become curse to the environment. When population is growing rapidly and people are attracted towards more sophisticated life and different kinds of beauty products and medical products, environment is affected in a great way. The pharmaceutical products when get diffused into the water system, its chemical is difficult to refine by water treatment plants as a result they easily get into ocean and fresh water route, in return we consumed it in our day to day life that mainly affects human reproductive system. According to a study published in June 2018 in the United States of America – Pharmaceutical manufacturing facility discharges can substantially increase the pharmaceutical load to U.S. wastewaters.

When we consume a drug, it gets absorbed into our body and then distributed in systemic circulation that gets metabolized into various forms and finally gets excreted. The metabolites of some drug is so toxic then drug itself is. Drugs get excreted mainly in the form of urine or faeces that gets deposited in sewers and then in water treatment plants and finally into water reservoirs. The water treatment plants are mainly manufactured to treat solid and virus and bacterias not the strong chemicals as found in pharmaceutical products.

Global spending on medicine continues to grow. As of 2018, approximately 1.2 trillion U.S. dollars had been spent on medicines, up from just 887 billion U.S. dollars in 2010. That number is expected to increase to 1.52 by the year 2023. https://www.statista.com/statistics/280572/medicine-spending-worldwide/ The pharmaceutical contaminants travel far and makes water resources very vulnerable. In the US, 80% of streams and 25% of groundwater are contaminated by numerous medications. Also, when the medications consumed by human come into contact with animals or get accidentally consumed by them, it's another threat. Example: vulture in South Asia has been poisoned by anti arthritis medication that human consume. Drug addiction, in the other hand is the greatest harm to human themselves.

Ibuprofen is one of the most common drugs (in trace amounts) found in drinking water across the world. Pfizer advises that a person would have to drink two liters of water per day for over 100,000 years to consume the equivalent of one 200 mg tablet of ibuprofen.

Also, you must know that drugs we use especially for pulmonary fibrosis and coronary patients, it really doesn't cure you, it justs aids you to add a little more span of years into your life. When we know all these facts, then why don't we follow healthy measures like weight reduction, exercises, healthy food and environment that protects you against these diseases and adds naturally years to your life.


So, does it mean we should stop consuming medicine? Exactly, I don't mean that but we can follow healthy and hygienic practices to keep ourselves healthy so that we can avoid those medicines. We can also practice consuming natural herbs with medicinal values. If we look back, the history says many disease got outbroke when people got attracted to modernization instead of nature. Green pharmacy is being followed recently with the aim of reducing drug contamination which is a good approach. These drugs have side effects to your health and environment as well. But we can avoid it. So, why don't we try our best to keep ourselves healthy for own as well as environment benefits.

picture source: https://noharm-europe.org/issues/europe/pharmaceuticals-environment-infographic

https://www.ecoinvestor.com.au/Assets/Eco-Investor/Free-2015/Feature-Pharmaceutical-pollutants-factsheet.jpg
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18 Comments

Asmita Gaire

  • Asmita Gaire says :
    Greetings kushal dai
    I hope you are doing well
    Thank you so much for your feedback
    Regards
    Asmita Gaire
    Posted 26-05-2020 10:31

Asmita Gaire

  • Asmita Gaire says :
    Greetings sang su mentor
    I hope you are doing well
    Thank you so much for your feedback
    Regards
    Asmita Gaire
    Posted 26-05-2020 10:31

Sang Su Mentor

  • Sang Su Mentor says :
    Hi Asmita Gaire, this is a mentor Sang Su Lee.

    There is an axiom in Korea that being healthy is a pill itself. I did not know that pharmaceutical products incur negative impacts on the environment this badly. I was surprised to see the statistics that states up to 70% of the composition of the pill is expelled as urine. Pills are toxic itself, so this might also affect the environment. T.T

    Thank you for your research!
    Posted 25-05-2020 19:32

Kushal Naharki

  • Kushal Naharki says :
    Hello Asmita

    I do hope that you are fine and doing great with your works.
    Thank you for your report about Calculating the environment cost of use of pharmaceutical products by human in the environment

    Green Cheers from Nepal :)
    Keep writing great reports.
    We are eager to read more reports from you.

    Regards,
    Kushal Naharki

    Posted 24-05-2020 22:19

Asmita Gaire

  • Asmita Gaire says :
    Greetings taehyun mentor
    I hope you are doing well

    Thank you so much for your feedback
    Green cheers
    Regards
    Asmita Gaire
    Posted 22-05-2020 13:34

Asmita Gaire

  • Asmita Gaire says :
    Greetings Manisha
    I hope you are doing well

    Thank you so much for your feedback
    Green cheers
    Regards
    Asmita Gaire
    Posted 22-05-2020 13:33

Asmita Gaire

  • Asmita Gaire says :
    Greetings samikshya
    I hope you are doing well

    Thank you so much for your feedback
    Green cheers
    Regards
    Asmita Gaire
    Posted 22-05-2020 13:33

Asmita Gaire

  • Asmita Gaire says :
    Greetings Bal Krishna dai
    I hope you are doing well

    Thank you so much for your feedback
    Green cheers
    Regards
    Asmita Gaire
    Posted 22-05-2020 13:32

Asmita Gaire

  • Asmita Gaire says :
    Greetings sonika sis
    I hope you are doing well

    Thank you so much for your feedback
    Green cheers
    Regards
    Asmita Gaire
    Posted 22-05-2020 13:32

Asmita Gaire

  • Asmita Gaire says :
    Greetings justice
    I hope you are doing well

    Thank you so much for your feedback
    Green cheers
    Regards
    Asmita Gaire
    Posted 22-05-2020 13:32

Asmita Gaire

  • Asmita Gaire says :
    Greetings heemani
    I hope you are doing well

    Thank you so much for your feedback
    Green cheers
    Regards
    Asmita Gaire
    Posted 22-05-2020 13:31

Sonika Pariyar

  • Sonika Pariyar says :
    Hello Asmita didi!

    I hope you are fine and doing great!

    Thanks for sharing impact of medicines and drugs in environment.Everyone should be aware about it .The photos you have shared are very clear and informative.

    Thanks for sharing!

    GREEN CHEERS!

    Regards,
    Sonika
    Posted 20-05-2020 21:59

Bal krishna Pandey

  • Bal krishna Pandey says :
    Hello Asmita,
    I hope you are doing well
    thanks for your beautiful report on medicine/drugs. Thanks for the concept of green pharmacy.
    cheers

    Posted 20-05-2020 18:41

Manisha Pokhrel

  • Manisha Pokhrel says :
    Hello Asmita di!

    Thank u for this wonderful report.We must be aware about the negative effects of medicine that we use in our daily lives.It cause great harm to our environment.

    Green cheers!

    Warm regards,
    Manisha
    Posted 20-05-2020 18:33

Samiksha Adhikari

  • Samiksha Adhikari says :
    Greetings Asmita Di ,
    I hope you are well and doing great !!

    It was really interesting reading this content. Thank u so much for this wonderful report .
    Keep delivering!!

    GREEN CHEERS!!
    Regards,
    Samiksha Adhikari
    Posted 20-05-2020 17:18

Taehyun Mentor

  • Taehyun Mentor says :
    Hello Asmita Gaire, this is mentor Taehyun!

    Thank you for your article on the relationship between drugs and the environment! It was really interesting. Actually, I only knew that the only possible effect of drugs on the environment was water pollution by dumping them in water, and it's shocking that even drugs that are released from the body can be contaminated with water. Due to the nature of organic matter, you can stay in the water for a very long time, and it will affect the entire ecosystem of aquatic organisms, so you should take the medicine only when you need it!

    Thank you for the report!

    Green cheers!
    Posted 20-05-2020 15:15

Justice Obiri

  • Justice Obiri says :
    Great report, Green cheers!
    Posted 20-05-2020 13:29

Heemani Singh

  • Heemani Singh says :
    Hello Asmita Di,
    I hope you are doing great
    Thank you so much for sharing your report regarding the use of medicines and it's impact to environment.
    People need to know about the products they use and their impact to the environment.
    Wonderful report

    Keep writing and sharing

    Regards
    Himani
    Posted 20-05-2020 00:55

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