BBC Radio programme on pharmaceuticals in the environment

Press/Media: Research


BBC Brainwaves Programme

Period8 Jan 2020

Media contributions


Media contributions

  • TitleBBC Radio programme
    Degree of recognitionNational
    Media name/outletBBC
    Media typeRadio
    Duration/Length/Size30 mins
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
    DescriptionSaving the planet one pill at a time
    We live in this amazing country so why would we want to just pour a cocktail of random pharmaceuticals into the environment? As Pennie Latin discovers, to her astonishment, in Scotland we’re doing that each and every day just by taking a pee. It’s not just peeing the medicines out either, we’re even adding to the problem when we think we’re being conscientious by flushing unwanted pills down the loo. When you take into account the 1.4 million prescriptions dispensed in Scotland every year, that's a lot of potential for pharmaceutical pollution.
    In this Brainwaves Pennie hears about a pioneering and unique collaboration involving NHS Highland, researchers from the University of the Highland and Islands and Glasgow Caledonian University, together with Scottish Water and SEPA who have come together to share wisdom, research, data and ideas for how to stop this environmental problem before it gets any worse.
    Its an extraordinary story and one where we all have a part to play.
    Producer/AuthorPennie Latin
    PersonsStuart Gibb


  • Water quality
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • NHS
  • Scottish Water