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Toxic drugs contaminate St. Lawrence
Environment Canada researchers have found a dozen different types of toxic drugs in water samples taken from the St. Lawrence River in Quebec.
The drugs include non-prescription anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen, prescription antibiotics and drugs prescribed to treat epilepsy and Alzheimer's disease. Researchers even found caffeine.
Although the study dealt specifically with the St. Lawrence, drug pollution in waterways is widespread, said Francois Gagne, who authored along with two other researchers the study published earlier this year in the journal Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety. ..."When you're near a city, you're going to see it," Gagne said. ...Drugs, birth control hormones, Prozac and perfume have all turned up in similar studies in the United Kingdom and the United States in recent years.