Researchers in Europe are finding a variety of drugs in river water and
sediment, probably coming from sewage and/or improper disposal.
In this country, scientists are just beginning to study the presence of
therapeutic drugs in the environment. So far, they are finding antibiotics and
other prescription and nonprescription drugs, as well as sex hormones such as
Although the effects of this drug pollution on the environment or on humans
are not well understood, some experts advice pharmaceutical companies to
individualize drug dosages to cut down waste, pharmacists to dispose of drugs
properly, and people not to flush them down the toilet.