Based on the result of the latest analysis, people are unaware that their water and food contains drugs.
What people don’t realize is just how contaminated our water is all the time, every day, every where.
Salmon caught in the Puget Sound were recently found to be contaminated with a toxic cocktail of 81 drugs and chemicals.
Tissues of the juvenile chinook were tested and researchers were blown away by what they found.
Drugs these fish were on included:
- Birth control pills (estrogen)
- Cipro and other antibiotics galore…
Why? Because the process used in wastewater treatment facilities does not filter out all the drugs that are eliminated by humans into the water supply en masse on a daily basis. That water is then reused, contaminated more, taken up by crops and the animals that eat them, and it ultimately winds up on our dinner tables to be eaten and recycled once more.
Worse, the researchers had a hard time even completing this study because while their test group came from waters near wastewater treatment plants, even in the control waters of the Nisqually estuary — a water source not near a wastewater plant that was supposed to be researchers “clean reference” water source — fish tested positive for higher levels of drugs than was found in some of the largest wastewater treatment facilities tested by the EPA around the country.
Guess it could have been worse, as researchers actually tested for 150 compounds, but they still concluded some 97,000 pounds of drugs and chemicals are likely making their way into just these waters each year. No reason to think it’d be all that much different in other water sources surrounding heavily populated areas across the U.S.
If you still aren’t filtering your water at home, you are drinking this stuff, cooking with it, and eating it every day. At least filtering your water is a big first step toward limiting you and your family’s personal exposure to this stuff.