It looks like you're using an Ad Blocker.
Please white-list or disable AboveTopSecret.com in your ad-blocking tool.
Some features of ATS will be disabled while you continue to use an ad-blocker.
U.S. manufacturers, including major drugmakers, have legally released at least 271 million pounds of pharmaceuticals into waterways that often provide drinking water - contamination the federal government has consistently overlooked, according to an Associated Press investigation...
..."It doesn't pass the straight-face test to say pharmaceutical manufacturers are not emitting any of the compounds they're creating," said Kyla Bennett, who spent 10 years as an EPA enforcement officer before becoming an ecologist and environmental attorney...
...Last year, the AP reported that trace amounts of a wide range of pharmaceuticals - including antibiotics, anti-convulsants, mood stabilizers and sex hormones - have been found in American drinking water supplies. Including recent findings in Dallas, Cleveland and Maryland's Prince George's and Montgomery counties, pharmaceuticals have been detected in the drinking water of at least 51 million Americans.
[edit on 19-4-2009 by flybynight]
Originally posted by flybynight
Well, this is a pretty damning indictment of Big Pharma and the US federal government. Nothin to see here, just 271 million pounds of pharmaceuticals intentionally released into your drinking water. Let's hope that the levels of contamination aren't harmful to your population, because hope is all you have since no one knows for sure.
(visit the link for the full news article)
Originally posted by ModernAcademia
I have a question
here in Montreal, studies have shown insane quantities of estrogen in our waters and mood altering drugs.
How far do you think a Brita water filterer would work?
Originally posted by chiron613
The first paragraph says, "...manufacturers, including major drugmakers..." It's not just pharma, it's manufacturers in general.
Manufacturers have been releasing chemicals into the environment ever since they began making things. Some of those are chemicals also used in medicine. Many of them aren't used in medicine because they cause cancer or are otherwise toxic. Those chemicals are far more dangerous, and are released in far more massive quantities, than a few million pounds of medicines. We've got millions of *tons* of highly toxic chemicals going into our water supply and air every year. By comparison, the medicines released are an insignifican fraction of that.
It's like sitting on a toxic waste dump, and freaking out because someone threw a tire onto it. We're completely missing the point.