Drugs in drinking water affecting 46 million
In March 2008, it was reported that approximately 41 million people were exposed to drugs in drinking water. Now that number is up to 46 million.
This is not your usual case of individuals ingesting drugs. This is due to the fact that sewer treatment plants and water treatment plants are not equipped to filter out the drugs that people excrete in their bodily waste.
Anything from anti-convulsants, hormones, cholesterol medication, and nicotine derivatives are being found in some cities around the U.S. Colorado Springs has reported that tests even revealed a tranquilizer.
As for the risks, it is unclear. Tests are still ongoing, but some tests have found that some of these drugs are harmful to fish, frogs, and other aquatic life.Tags: cholesterol, Drug, drugs, hormone, nicotine