You are drinking “Recycled Drugs”! How devastating is that sound?An expert on antibiotic resistance at the University of Illinois. Christian Daughton, a Chief of Environmental Chemistry for the EPA warns, “Water pollution by drugs is a newly emerging issue.”A vast array of pharmaceuticals – including antibiotics, anti-convulsants, mood stabilizers and sex hormones – have been found in the drinking water supplies of at least 41 million Americans, an Associated Press investigation shows.So how are all these drugs getting in the water in the first place?People take pills. Their bodies absorb some of the medication, but the rest of it passes through and is flushed down the toilet. The wastewater is treated before it is discharged into reservoirs, rivers or lakes. Some fraction of every dose a person takes passes through unmetabolized and is evacuated by the body and flushed into sewage systems. Sewage treatment plants are meant to remove the more familiar kinds of pollutants, and typically do not remove pharmaceuticals from waste water as it is cleaned up and released back into the environment, eventually to find its way into other water supply systems.In the course of a five-month inquiry, the Associated Press discovered that drugs found in our… Read full this story
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