Change to inhalers: Breathing greener for a greener future

Friday 13th May 2022 8:00 am
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Did you know that approximately 73 million inhalers are used in the UK every year? These contribute 3% of the entire NHS carbon footprint through waste materials and greenhouse gas emissions.

Mid Powys GPs are determined to protect the environment through promoting “green” inhalers.

A Mid Powys GP surgery representative said, “We are committed to doing everything we can to reduce the environmental impact of our healthcare provision whilst maintaining the health of our patients.

“We will be moving from the metered-dose inhalers that are 25 times more damaging to the environment than dry powder inhalers. To do this, we will be prescribing more dry powder inhalers where suitable, which may mean you receive an alternative inhaler.

“They can feel different to use but supply exactly the same prescribed drug you need. Our practise nurses or the pharmacist can teach you the new inhaler techniques or you can watch a video online.”

Inhalers going to landfill contribute 512,330 tonnes of CO2 to the atmosphere. This is the same as a VW Golf car driving 88,606 times around the world. To avoid harmful material waste and greenhouse gas emissions going into the environment, please return your used inhalers to your local pharmacy for safe disposal.

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