Drugs In Water

Contaminants That May

Be In Your Tap Water 

another reason to


drinking water

Pharmaceutical drugs are now being filtered

into our drinking water supplies.

- Major pharmaceuticals - including antibiotics, anti-convulsants, mood stabilizers, and sex hormones have been found in the drinking water supplies of at least 41 million Americans.

- Over-the-counter Drugs like acetaminophen and ibuprofen - in so much of our drinking water is heightening worries among scientists of long-term consequences to human health.

- Drugs have been detected in the drinking water supplies of 24 major metropolitan areas --from Southern California to Northern New Jersey, from Detroit, Michigan to Louisville, Kentucky.

-58 pharmaceuticals or byproducts in treated drinking water

Officials in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, said testing there discovered 58 pharmaceuticals or byproducts in treated drinking water, including medicines for pain, infection, high cholesterol, asthma, epilepsy, mental illness and heart problems. Sixty-three pharmaceuticals or byproducts were found in the city's watersheds.

- Anti-epileptic and anti-anxiety medications were detected in a portion of the treated drinking water for 18.5 million people in Southern California.

- Metabolized angina medicine and the mood-stabilizing carbamazepine found in drinking water in Northern New Jersey which serves 850,000 people. 

- A sex hormone was detected in the drinking water of San Francisco, California.

- The drinking water for Washington, D.C., and surrounding areas tested positive for six pharmaceuticals.

- The federal government doesn't require any testing and hasn't set safety limits for drugs in water.

- Of the 62 major water providers contacted, the drinking water for only 28 was tested.

- 34 Cities hadn't tested drinking water

Among the 34 that haven't: Houston, Texas; Chicago, Illinois; Miami, Florida; Baltimore, Maryland; Phoenix, Arizona; Boston, Massachusetts; and New York City's Department of Environmental Protection, which delivers water to 9 million people.

- Some providers screen for only one or two pharmaceuticals, leaving open the possibility that others are present.

- They found trace concentrations of heart medicine, infection fighters, estrogen, anticonvulsants, a mood stabilizer, and a tranquilizer in New York City's water.

- Officials lied

Officials at municipal or regional water providers told the Associated Press (AP) that pharmaceuticals had not been detected, but the AP obtained the results of tests conducted by independent researchers that showed otherwise.

- Rural Consumers with their own wells aren't in the clear

Experts say that rural consumers who draw water from their own wells aren't in the clear either, even users of bottled water. Bottlers, some of which is simply repackaged tap water, do not typically treat or test for pharmaceuticals.

- There's no doubt about it, pharmaceuticals are being detected in the environment

At a conference last summer, Mary Buzby -- director of environmental technology for drug maker Merck & Co. Inc. -- said" "There's no doubt about it, pharmaceuticals are being detected in the environment and there is genuine concern that these compounds, in the small concentrations that they're at, could be causing impacts to human health or to aquatic organisms. 

- Recent laboratory research has found that small amounts of medication have affected human embryonic kidney cells, human blood cells and human breast cancer cells. The cancer cells proliferated too quickly; the kidney cells grew too slowly; and the blood cells showed biological activity associated with inflammation.

- Pregnant women, the elderly and the very ill might be more sensitive.


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