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Environmental travesty: Toxic drug residues in rivers and lakes have increased twenty-fold, killing off bacteria beneficial to marine life

When the topic of water pollution comes up, much of the conversation in recent times has focused on the amount of plastic in the oceans and seas. It’s a serious problem that certainly deserves the attention it’s getting, but there is another type of water pollution that also warrants grave concern: the toxic drug residues building up in bodies of water.  In the span of just two decades, the levels of prescription drugs found in rivers and lakes has climbed twentyfold, and the wildlife living there is at risk. Dutch researchers report that antibiotics and epilepsy drug residue levels are now harming the bacteria that marine ecosystems rely on to thrive. The over-prescription of antibiotics, not surprisingly, is being assigned much of the blame here.  Read more....



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