AP probe finds drugs in drinking water
By JEFF DONN, MARTHA MENDOZA and JUSTIN PRITCHARD, Associated Press Writers
"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."
What no Viagra? What about OTC products? Is this some off-label use conspiracy?
"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."
Trillion? How about gazillion?
"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."
Which scientists? I don't think AP could find one to comment...or at least one that wouldn't stop laughing long enough to do so.
"And while researchers do not yet understand the exact risks from decades of persistent exposure to random combinations of low levels of pharmaceuticals, recent studies — which have gone virtually unnoticed by the general public — have found alarming effects on human cells and wildlife."
Yes, truly alarming, especially when you claim we don't know the risks.
"We recognize it is a growing concern and we're taking it very seriously," said Benjamin H. Grumbles, assistant administrator for water at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency."
Yes and so does I.M. Krankee assistant administrator for administrators at the EPA.
The evidence is overwhelming. The AP actually conducted a 5 month investigation.
"Anti-anxiety medications were detected in a portion of the treated drinking water for 18.5 million people in Southern California.A sex hormone was detected in San Francisco's drinking water."
Why am I not surprised. But no cocaine, pot or heroin? Are those drugs too?
The rest of the article breathlessly details the peril parts per trillion pharmaceuticals impose on the planet. It ends with this observation:
"We know we are being exposed to other people's drugs through our drinking water, and that can't be good," says Dr. David Carpenter, who directs the Institute for Health and the Environment of the State University of New York at Albany."
Very scientific judgment David. I know some people who should be drinking heavily...or have been. It's the birdbrains at AP who put this story together...
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