AP Probe Finds Drugs In Drinking Water


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Jun 7, 2001

AP probe finds drugs in drinking water
By JEFF DONN, MARTHA MENDOZA and JUSTIN PRITCHARD, Associated Press Writers 1 hour, 36 minutes ago

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.

To be sure, 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.
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 do the drugs get into the water?
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. Then, some of the water is cleansed again at drinking water treatment plants and piped to consumers. But most treatments do not remove all drug residue.

LINK: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080309/ap_on_re_us/pharmawater_i;_ylt=AjIDZ.NXZhkQxaWr1ZgSTGVH2ocA


it's a man, baby!!!
May 21, 2005
People seem to think every time they turn on the faucet there is brand new never used water coming out. That water and every drop of water on this planet has been used many many time before. think of it as julius Caesar or dinosaur piss. I don't believe any thing can filter out every substance in the water, maybe boiling it. it is only going to get worse.

Sinn Fein

Infidel and White Interloper
Wackbag Staff
Aug 29, 2002
Florida's Nature Coast
Expired drugs are often flushed or poured down the drain at hospitals and similar places. I bet that contributes quite a bit.


as a matter of fact i dont have 5$
Aug 23, 2002
Expired drugs are often flushed or poured down the drain at hospitals and similar places. I bet that contributes quite a bit.

beat me too it, a friend of mine is a turd herder, part of his job is testing the water on the way in and on the way out. he once told me that there are HUGE amounts of drugs in the water supply mostly because of people flushing pills down the toilet. not to mention the radiation levels when someone goes thew radiation treatment its flushed thew the system and comes out..... were does it end up? in every one else's water. it is one of the reasons that there are some of these new "super bugs" they have been getting doses of antibiotics for decades and now are immune to the drugs that are meant to treat them because of it, also one of the reasons that the aria around the discharge pipes (usually into the local rivers and streams" every thing is either dead or "strange" the antibiotics kill off every thing they can both good and bad


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Feb 18, 2005
in a house
Hmmm... so drinking beer and taking very few showers is healthy?

That's what I'm gathering. :)