Monday, March 10, 2008

Drink your pharmaceuticals

An interesting report on the state of our drinking water appeared today on CNN. We've often heard of municipal drinking water being polluted with things like lead, MTBA, pesticides, etc. But this report talks about finding lots of different pharmaceuticals in our drinking water - everything from sex hormones to antibiotics to, yep, antidepressants. Actually in some places more than 50 different drugs were detected. While the amounts are very tiny (ppb or ppt) very little is known about the effects of even small amounts of drugs over a long period of time like decades. I think Dr. David Carpenter says it best:
"We know we are being exposed to other people's drugs through our drinking water, and that can't be good," says Dr. David Carpenter, who directs the Institute for Health and the Environment of the State University of New York at Albany.