The European Commission, the executive arm of the Brussels EU, has called for action over the risks posed by pharmaceutical chemicals discharged into the environment.
There is widespread evidence that pharmaceutical pollution has become a global problem. Around the world pharmaceutical companies have been polluting the environment for decades now, with the result that even drinking water supplies have become 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 compounds.
While a proportion of the drugs in tap water result from people flushing their unused prescriptions down the toilet, or from not all of the pills being metabolized in patients’ bodies and thus similarly ending up in the sewer system, vast amounts of pharmaceuticals are being released legally into waterways providing water for drinking.
It is therefore clear that not only is the trillion-dollar-a-year pharmaceutical ‘business with disease’ economically unsustainable, it isn’t environmentally sustainable either. This illustrates yet another reason why we need to replace drug-based disease-care medicine with a truly preventive system of healthcare that utilizes safe, non-toxic, science-based natural health approaches.
Pharmaceutical pollution is rapidly becoming an environmental health hazard and should urgently be addressed by national, regional, and global health authorities alike. In this respect, given its longstanding close relationship with the pharma industry, only time will tell whether the pro-big business European Commission takes any significant action in this area.
To learn more about drug industry pollution affecting food chains, water supplies, and the environment, read this article on our website.