Title BBC Radio programme Degree of recognition National Media name/outlet BBC Media type Radio Duration/Length/Size 30 mins Country/Territory United Kingdom Date 8/01/20 Description Saving 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/Author Pennie Latin URL https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000czmr Persons Stuart Gibb
- Water quality
- Scottish Water