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Pharmaceuticals Contaminate Drinking Water

Posted by John on September 21st, 2008

MSNBC reports that 46 million Americans are drinking water contaminated with a vast array of pharmaceutical drugs – everything from chemotherapy medications to hormones.

Scientists believe that most pharmaceutical contamination comes from drugs that are excreted by patients and then flushed down toilets. But U.S. hospitals and health facilities also flush an estimated 250 million pounds of drugs each year! Once these drugs go down the drain, they often end up in water supplies.

To avoid contributing to this problem, do not flush unused medications. Instead, mix them with coffee grounds, kitty litter, or a similar substance, and throw them in the trash (unless the prescription information specifies otherwise).

Researchers have found that even very dilute concentrations of drugs can harm marine wildlife – and they can also interfere with human cell growth.

Most water treatment facilities do not have the capability to remove drugs from water supplies. To avoid ingesting unwanted medications, you must filter your own water at home.

Blueair Reverse Osmosis Water FilterThe Blueair RO Water Purifier will remove nearly all pharmaceutical contaminants from your drinking water.

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