Prescription disposal program is unneeded
By: Patrick Moore
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
San Francisco’s city leaders are poised to pass an ordinance today requiring name-brand drug manufacturers to pay for collection and disposal of unused prescription medicines to curb prescription misuse and environmental impacts. Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi’s proposed “take-back program” would allow residents to take unused prescription pills to a secure site for incineration to keep people from flushing them down the toilet or to keep them from being stolen from medicine cabinets. Read more
San Francisco May Adopt Costly Pharmaceutical Take Back Program
Written by: Dr Patrick Moore for PublicCEO.com
October 26, 2010
Dr. Patrick Moore is the co-founder and former leader of Green Peace
San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors must act with reason rather than fear and ignorance as it votes today on a costly and unnecessary drug take back program. Read more
MAINE VOICES What to do with drug waste?
Flushing drugs away puts them in the water supply, while turn-in programs are expensive, so it’s best just to toss them in the trash.
By Earle Rugg and Patrick Moore : February 11, 2010, Portland Press Herald
OGUNQUIT — While Americans are doing everything they can in these tough times to save money and reduce costs, environmental activists have been busy pushing an agenda that is likely to raise the cost of medical care. Read more
What to do with drug waste
By: Patrick Moore, OpEd Contributor
April 2, 2009
While Americans are doing everything they can in these uncertain times to save money and reduce costs, environmental activists have been busy pushing an agenda that is likely to raise the cost of medical care.
Across the U.S., environmental activists are raising alarm over the presence of trace amounts of pharmaceuticals in the water supply even though the medicines are found at extremely low levels. Read more
MOORE: Drug take-back caprice
Washington Times, Seattle Times
Sunday, February 22, 2009
As a lifelong environmentalist with nearly four decades of activism under my belt since I helped found Greenpeace in 1971, I’ve thought a great deal about environmental health and human safety.
One issue that has received a lot of attention recently is the presence of trace amounts of pharmaceuticals in the environment. Some activist groups have raised concerns that this represents a threat even though the medicines are found at extremely low levels. Read more
Don’t flush pharmaceuticals down the drain
Greenpeace co-founder Patrick Moore argues that the most important thing consumers can do to ensure that waste pharmaceuticals don’t pose a threat to the environment is to dispose of drugs safely and never flush them down the drain.
100th Anniversary of Water Chlorination
By Patrick Moore
September 15, 2008
I became an environmental activist in the early 1970s just as I was completing my doctorate in ecology at the University of British Columbia. It was the height of the Cold War and the height of the Viet Nam War and we were compelled to take a very public stand against activities we thought to be catastrophic both for people and for the planet. Read more
Science, Chemistry, Risks and Environmental Safety
May 7, 2008; Page A18
Wall Street Journal
If he had not referred to me directly in his letter (“Make America’s Chemical Policy More Like Europe’s1,” April 28), I would never have guessed that Rick Hind of Greenpeace was responding to my op-ed “Why I Left Greenpeace” (April 22).
Mr. Hind implies that I am arguing against the phase-out of persistent toxic chemicals that contain chlorine. I said no such thing. My article was in defense of phthalates, a group of chemicals used to soften plastics. Phthalates are not toxic, are not persistent and do not contain chlorine. They are composed entirely of carbon, oxygen and hydrogen. Read more
Why I left Greenpeace
By PATRICK MOORE
April 22, 2008; Page A23
Wall Street Journal
In 1971 an environmental and antiwar ethic was taking root in Canada, and I chose to participate. As I completed a Ph.D. in ecology, I combined my science background with the strong media skills of my colleagues. In keeping with our pacifist views, we started Greenpeace.
But I later learned that the environmental movement is not always guided by science. As we celebrate Earth Day today, this is a good lesson to keep in mind. Read more
PBDEs not the issue in the Sound
GUEST COLUMNIST – Dr. PATRICK MOORE
January 23, 2007
As a co-founder and former leader of Greenpeace, I am saddened to see environmental activists get their facts — and their priorities — so wrong. A Jan. 19 P-I editorial is a good case in point.
The P-I now supports a bill that ultimately would ban the deca form of chemical flame-retardants known as polybrominated diphenyl ethers, or PBDEs. Yet the so-called facts upon which this ban is based are plain wrong. Read more