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Pharmaceuticals in Our Water Supply?

Author: Caroline Higgins
Published: August 31, 2011 at 8:24 pm
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At least 41 million of us are drinking water that contains traces of pharmaceuticals. Virtually no water suppliers will claim that they entirely filter out pharmaceuticals because the treatment systems are not designed to do so. Prescriptions have risen to 3.8 billion a year, which all eventually gets flushed into the water supply. It's low - one part per billion - but aquatic organisms have been bathed in these compounds, which have led to their feminization. It is unclear what the long term effects may be on humans.

 
 

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Caroline Higgins is a Technorati editor, social media connoisseur, and writer, which keeps her glued to the screen for the most part. She has a keen interest in the latest breaking news within the technical, science, entertainment, health and sporting worlds. …

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