“Designer Drug Jewelry”

A trip to your local drug store to pick up a prescription can leave your pockets empty especially so if you do not have insurance to defray some of the cost.

If you are like me, many times the remains of those prescriptions for various reasons can be found expired in a drawer in my kitchen.

The problem with unused meds is this…they cannot be returned to the pharmacy for credit due to obvious reasons. These liquids, tablets and capsules should also not be flushed down toilets or washed down the sink or sent to a landfill as they are a source of chemical pollution.

So what the heck should we do with these medications….do they have another life?

The answer is YES!

These ‘leftovers’ can have another life depending on the extent of your imagination.

“Drugs” can be recycled into jewelry…

Here is the story of one woman, a cancer survivor, who created “lemonade out of lemons”.

Thinking environmental green can help us breath new life into so many things.

But I bet you never thought of this one!

“Susan Braig has turned to selling drugs to pay her medical bills.

The 61-year-old Altadena cancer survivor takes old pharmaceutical pills and tablets and mounts them on costume jewelry to create colorful necklaces, pendants, earrings and tiaras that she sells.

She got the idea for her unusual artwork after being diagnosed with breast cancer and starting chemotherapy in 2004.

“I bought my first round of medicine and it cost $500 out of my own pocket,” she said. “I looked at the drugstore receipt and then at the little pills and wondered if they were precious gems.”

via Cancer survivor: Altadena cancer survivor creates jewelry with old pills and tablets – latimes.com.

About lorettelavine

Wife, mother, grandmother, registered nurse, licensed clinical social worker, blogger. Parent and child advocate, involved in life.
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