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Household Drug Management Practices of Residents in a Second-Tier City in China: Opportunities for Reducing Drug Waste and Environmental Pollution

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School of Business and Tourism Management, Yunnan University, Kunming 650106, China
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School of Business and Economics, RWTH Aachen University, 52062 Aachen, Germany
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School of Resource Environment and Earth Science, Yunnan University, Kunming 650106, China
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(16), 8544; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18168544
Received: 12 July 2021 / Revised: 7 August 2021 / Accepted: 9 August 2021 / Published: 12 August 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Advances in Hazardous Waste and Human Health)
The total amount of drug waste is expanding significantly as populations age and societies become wealthier. Drug waste is becoming a problem for health and the environment. Thus, how to reduce and effectively dispose of drug waste is increasingly becoming an issue for society. This study focuses on household drug management, which involves five sub-practices: selection, purchasing, using, storing, and disposing of drugs. A questionnaire survey was conducted in a second-tier Chinese city that reveals both problems and opportunities in these five sub-practices. The results show that consumers are aware of significant issues with regard to the safe and effective use of drugs as well as with regard to proper ways of disposing of and recycling drugs. Moreover, our analysis reveals promising opportunities for addressing these issues by developing novel services based on the idea of connecting the five involved sub-practices of household drug management. Connecting and adjusting practices in this manner can be seen as an important factor in reducing drug waste and pharmaceutical pollutants. View Full-Text
Keywords: household drug management; practice; environmental health; Chinese residents household drug management; practice; environmental health; Chinese residents
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Luo, Y.; Reimers, K.; Yang, L.; Lin, J. Household Drug Management Practices of Residents in a Second-Tier City in China: Opportunities for Reducing Drug Waste and Environmental Pollution. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 8544. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18168544

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Luo Y, Reimers K, Yang L, Lin J. Household Drug Management Practices of Residents in a Second-Tier City in China: Opportunities for Reducing Drug Waste and Environmental Pollution. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(16):8544. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18168544

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Luo, Yumei, Kai Reimers, Lei Yang, and Jinping Lin. 2021. "Household Drug Management Practices of Residents in a Second-Tier City in China: Opportunities for Reducing Drug Waste and Environmental Pollution" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18, no. 16: 8544. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18168544

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