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Sunday, March 09, 2008

Drugs In Your Drinking Water!

It looks like it or not, we are going to be loaded, in little dozes, of pharmaceuticals as we drink water. 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.

The concentrations of these pharmaceuticals are tiny, measured in quantities of parts per billion or trillion, far below the levels of a medical dose. Also, utilities insist their water is safe. But the presence of so many prescription drugs — and over-the-counter medicines like acetaminophen and ibuprofen — in so much of our drinking water is heightening worries among scientists of long-term consequences to human health. Are we worried yet. Even if we do not die from these, our bodies reaction to these are unknown. It might be similar to our bodies getting used to antibiotics.

In the course of a five-month inquiry, the AP discovered that drugs have been detected in the drinking water supplies of 24 major metropolitan areas — from Southern California to Northern New Jersey, from Detroit to Louisville, Ky.

Water providers rarely disclose results of pharmaceutical screenings, unless pressed, the AP found. For example, the head of a group representing major California suppliers said the public "doesn't know how to interpret the information" and might be unduly alarmed. How good of them to look after us!

How do the drugs get into the water?

Find out in this AP Report


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2 comments:

Mee mOe said...

I heard that drinking water will all go to bottled water and their getting rid of plastic because of the plastic contaminates the water, and yeah they add all kinds of things into the water now...or maybe they always have...great topic..;)

ravenII said...

Thanks for the comment. Yes sometimes we really wonder what we eat and drink. Take care.

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