Sunday, March 9, 2008

Pharmaceuticals in our drinking water.

This just in: Municipal drinking water supplies across the nation are contaminated with pharmaceutical drugs.

The reason has to do with the fact there are no easy, legal ways to dispose of prescription medications. Most people flush them down the toilet.

These molecules are problematic for municipal suppliers. Water treatment facilities are not required to screen these substances, and don't. Medicine manufacturers and dispensaries are not required to provide disposal services, and don't. (In some cases, such services would be prohibited by Federal Law.)

Remember, most manufacturers of bottled water are simply buying municipal supplies (read: tap water), so it's not too far a leap to suppose our nation's bottled water supply is also contaminated with pharmaceuticals.

According to today's revelation, Concord California (has so far) tested positive for sulfamethoxazole and meprobamate. Sacramento does not test it's water supply for pharmaceutical contamination.