Don't flush, pour down the drain or throw away unwanted pills - that's the message officials are trying to get out about prescription medications.
Brad Rayburn, EPA water training specialist for the Missouri Rural Water Association (MRWA), asks that citizens dispose of the drugs correctly, so not to contaminate Missouri waterways.
Rayburn explained that when environmental officials released a study showing how they discovered traces of prescription drugs in several states' drinking water, it changed the way authorities asked persons to dispose of these medications.
"We're trying to make more people aware of what could happen," he said. "We don't want to see people becoming ill, because they're drinking water with prescription drugs in it."