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Are Our Medicines Tainting the Environment?

Vital Information:

  • 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 estrogen.
  • 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.


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