Pesticides and antibiotics are polluting streams across Europe, a study has found.
There is growing global evidence that pharmaceutical and chemical industry pollution is having a dangerous impact on water supplies and the environment. In the United States, it was reported in 2009 that at least 51 million people are drinking water contaminated with pharmaceuticals. The actual numbers may be far higher, however. A recent study confirmed that water treatment plants taking discharges from pharmaceutical companies are putting high concentrations of drugs into American waterways. Research has shown that mixtures of drugs are disrupting the endocrine systems of fish in the United States, feminizing them, altering behavior and reproduction, changing growth, and increasing liver sizes.
On the other side of the Atlantic, scientists in the UK have found powerful cancer and psychiatric drugs in tap water. They warn that a developing fetus is exposed to these drugs in the womb and that consequent damage to its cells could be serious. A study published in 2018 found 29 types of drugs in British rivers, including antidepressants, antibiotics, and epilepsy medications.
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