MOORHEAD, Minn. — Officials and environmental leaders are looking to clear up some discussion on the effect of pharmaceuticals in lakes and rivers, according to the Minnesota Public Radio.

A new grant program started by the state of Minnesota will hope to bring clarity on the contamination to water caused by pharmaceuticals.

“The general public doesn't really know," said Christine Laney, project coordinator with Fargo-Moorhead River Keepers, a group awarded one of four grants through the state Health Department. "Even some people who are doing watershed management are finding it's something they haven't heard of, kind of surprising."

Getting good information out is important, she added, because "right now it's really easy to flush it down the toilet or throw it in the garbage."

In many cities prescription drugs are collected and then sent to toxic chemical incinerators, noted the article.

This $44,000 state grant will pay a public relations firm to create a message to capture the public’s attention as well as expanding the collection of old prescription drugs and household chemicals in four west central Minnesota counties.

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