A friend forwarded me this article about drugs now being found in the drinking water supplies of cities around the country as well as in other countries. “A vast array of pharmaceuticals (AP) — 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” (¶ 1). The article says that the drugs make it to the water supply by being “expelled” from the body after a dose has been taken. I know from working in the pharmacy world, dumping drugs down the toilet is a no-no, but I have to wonder how much of it also caused by this practice also?

Think bottled water is the answer? Think again. “Even users of bottled water and home filtration systems don’t necessarily avoid exposure. Bottlers, some of which simply repackage tap water, do not typically treat or test for pharmaceuticals, according to the industry’s main trade group. The same goes for the makers of home filtration systems” (¶ 31).

Donn, J., Mendoza, M., & Pritchard, J. (2008, March 10). AP Probe Finds Drugs in Drinking Water. Wired.com. http://news.wired.com/dynamic/stories/P/PHARMAWATER_I?SITE=WIRE&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2008-03-10-09-17-35.