According to an AP report released today, a pharmacy full of drugs can be found in our drinking water.
In Washington, DC for example, traces of two different anti-inflammatory medications, seizure medications, disinfectant and two types of antibiotics.
The AP report surveyed a total of 28 US cities and went through extensive scientific testings before publishing the results. Although all the water in question is regularly tested, the above meds manage to get through.
The study also found traces of caffeine in a number of city’s drinking water as well as pain medications.
It is stressed that none of the drugs found in the nation’s drinking water are hazardous. But it certain does raise questions in terms of national security and future health ailments spawn by water-borne contaminants.
Don’t throw away unused medications by flushing them down the toilet — which was the old advice. Instead, ask your pharmacy if they will dispose of your extra meds, or follow the disposal advice outlined here.