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Skyrocketing antidepressant use now affecting marine life, turning waterways into a ‘drug soup’

It might seem like flushing something down the toilet means it magically disappears, but unfortunately everything that goes down there ends up somewhere. This means that the many people who flush unused medications rather than throwing them in the trash can because they think they’re being responsible are actually polluting the environment. This is especially true of antidepressant and anti-anxiety medications.  According to the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, and as reported by NBC News, an alarming one in six Americans over the age of 12 is on some type of antidepressant or other psychiatric medication. And many of those people are disposing of their unused drugs by flushing them down the toilet. In addition, these chemical medications also enter the water supply via the urine and feces of the people taking them.  Read more...

 

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