A new study from the United States has found that water treatment plants taking discharges from pharmaceutical companies are putting high concentrations of drugs into the water supply.
As if the inability of its drugs to safely and effectively eradicate chronic diseases wasn’t bad enough, the fact is that the pharma industry is also environmentally unsustainable. Evidence is growing worldwide that pharma companies are polluting the environment and that even our drinking water supplies are now contaminated with measurable amounts of dangerous chemical drugs. Rarely admitted by public health authorities, the fact is that water treatment plants were never designed to deal with the presence of toxic pharmaceutical drug compounds.
Illustrating the problem, research published in 2015 showed that mixtures of drugs are disrupting the endocrine systems of fish in the U.S., feminizing them, altering behavior and reproduction, changing growth, and increasing liver sizes. Testing has also revealed that at least 46 million Americans are drinking water contaminated with pharmaceuticals. Some believe the actual numbers may be far higher.
On the other side of the Atlantic, scientists in the UK have found cancer drugs in tap water and rising levels of antidepressant drugs in coastal waters which they fear could seriously upset the natural balance of the ecosystem and potentially damage the food-chain.
The world’s highest drug levels in water are believed to occur in India, where 21 different active pharmaceutical ingredients – at 150 times the highest levels detected in the U.S. – have been found.