Drugs in Your Drinking Water

The extent of the growing problem is likely serious and consequences of human exposure to these compounds are largely unknown, according to a 2005 FDA review. Scientists in a number of government and private agencies are trying to devise new ways to measure and analyze the compounds and their effects.

Some states have added pharmaceuticals to the list of hazardous household waste products, such as cleaning fluids, leftover paint and pesticides, that are periodically collected for safe disposal in an effort to keep leftover medications will be flushed down the drain and becoming another variety of environmental poison.

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