As of June 8, 2012, 200 people have participated in the survey by completing the online questionnaire or participating in the interviews in person.
The survey results indicate that 62% of respondents have expired, leftover or otherwise unwanted medicines at home. Only 5% of respondents actually bring such medicines to pharmacies and 1% of respondents to the special hazardous waste disposal sites. The majority of respondents (41%) discard unwanted medicines in the rubbish, while 12% flush down the toilet. Additionally, 33% of respondents continue storing the medications at home after expiration date just in case.
At the same time 50% of respondents think that unsafe disposal of pharmaceuticals is dangerous for the environment.
47 % of respondents indicated lack of information as the main obstacle for safe disposal of pharmaceutical waste in Latvia and 33% chose lack of disposal locations as the main obstacle.