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Chemo Drugs Are Dangerous to Families, Caregivers, and the Environment

Chemo Drugs Are Dangerous to Families and the EnvironmentCytotoxic drug dangers: it sounds counter-intuitive, but the very drugs that are used to save the lives of chemotherapy patients can seriously hurt their loved ones.

Babies, children and pregnant women are especially vulnerable, due to the DNA-damaging effect of cytotoxic drugs on rapidly dividing cells.

Even low levels of exposure to cytotoxic drugs can cause cancer as well as birth defects. In fact, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration warns:

“There is no safe level of exposure.”

- OSHA Technical Manual

The development of secondary malignancies is a
well-documented side effect of chemotherapy treatment.”

How Is This Possible?

Hundreds of drugs are used to fight cancer.  The most powerful are cytotoxic.  It is a well-documented fact that cytotoxic drugs present serious health hazards and have been known to cause cancer, reproductive and developmental problems, allergic reactions, and other adverse effects that can be irreversible even after low-level exposures.”

Cytotoxic chemo drugs are designed to cure cancer by damaging DNA and killing the cancer cells.  One big problem is they also damage the DNA of healthy cells, producing common side effects such as hair loss.   Read more…

Cytotoxic Drugs Dangers are well-documented and long-established facts.

It is the reason that hospitals and chemotherapy treatment centers go to great lengths to protect employees from the risk of accidental exposure to cytotoxic drugs.

In fact, extensive safety precautions are used by everyone involved with cytotoxins:  from manufacturers and pharmacists to nurses and cleaning staff.

Yet still, the danger exists.   Read more…

Protect Your Family and Caregivers.

Protecting Your Environment from Chemo Drug DangersIt is surprisingly simple to protect loved ones, caregivers and our public water supply from Cytotoxic Drug Dangers.

Patients can avoid serious, irreversible consequences by using a Cytotoxic Safety System and modeling hospital safety precautions, effectively keeping these dangerous chemicals out of their home and the environment.   Read more…


Cytotoxic Drug Dangers to the Environment

Cytotoxic Drugs are Dangerous to the Public Drinking Water Supply

Protecting the public water supply is also a critical concern because certain chemotherapy drugs cannot be removed by wastewater treatment or water purifications.

Read more…

Leading Health and Environmental Organizations, Experts, and Agencies Documentation on Cytotoxic Drugs Dangers

World Health Organization 2013 Safe Management of Wastes from Health-Care Activities

Daughton Report 2014-01

OSHA NIOSH Joint Commission Letter

OSHA Technical Manual
South Australian Health Services Guideline 2012

Study on the Environmental Risks of Medicinal Products 2013-01

US Geological Study - Cape Cod

NIOSH Alert Preventing Occupational Exposures to Antineoplastic and Other Hazardous Drugs in Health Care Settings

Pharma-Cycle White Paper

RI DEM Rules and Regulations for Hazardous Waste Management

A Preventable Tragedy

Adam Culliver
Four year old Adam Culliver died suddenly of Acute Myelogenous Leukemia on January 20, 2003.

The most shocking and disturbing fact in this tragedy is that Adam’s parents were not informed of the serious health risks to Adam, then a healthy 1-year old baby, when they began caring for a live-in relative undergoing chemotherapy treatment.    Read more…


Learn the Facts About Chemo Drugs

Leading cancer and health organizations warn of chemo drug dangers.

Over the last 30 years various reports, guidelines and facts sheets have been produced and updated regarding the dangers of cytotoxic drugs and waste.

American Cancer Society Cytotoxic Safety
American Cancer Society

Chemotherapy Safety Precautions

Chemotherapy Principles

World Health Organization
World Health Organization

Safe Management of Wastes from Health Care Activities – 2013

Waste from Health-Care Activities Fact Sheet

Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

OSHA Technical Manual

National Institute for Occupational Safety
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

NIOSH ALERT – Preventing Occupational Exposures to Antineoplastic and Other Hazardous Drugs

RI Department of Environmental Management (DEM)

RI DEM Rules & Regulations for Hazardous Waste Mgmt

County of Barnstable Massachusetts Cytotoxic Safety
Barnstable County Board of Health, Massachusetts

Contaminants of Emerging Concern from Onsite Septic Systems

Massachusetts Department of Health
Bureau of Environmental Health Assessment

Assessment of Childhood Cancer Incidents Cape Cod, Massachusetts

USGSUS Geological Survey

Prevalence of Tumors in Brown Bullhead from Three Lakes in Southeastern Massachusetts

American Chemical SocietyAmerican Chemical Society
Environmental Science and Technology Vol. 40, No. 23

Occurrence and Fate of the Cytostatic Drugs Cyclophosophamide and Ifosfamide in Wastewater and Surface Waters

Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry Cytotoxic SafetySociety of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry Vol. 28, No. 12

Environmental Footprint of Pharmaceuticals: the Significance of Factors Beyond Direct Excretion to Sewers

University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota

Medications in Your Septic System

Washington Post
The Washington Post

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