Pharmaceuticals

October 24, 2014--Recycled water for irrigation—is it safe? (Water Online)

Do crops grown with recycled water lace our produce with drugs? "Irrigating crops with recycled water can leave dinner salads laced with small amounts of drugs and personal care chemicals. But researchers disagree on whether the contaminated produce is likely to harm people," Science News reported.


October 12, 2014--Drugs flushed into the environment could be cause of wildlife decline (Guardian)

Potent pharmaceuticals flushed into the environment via human and animal sewage could be a hidden cause of the global wildlife crisis, according to new research. The scientists warn that worldwide use of the drugs, which are designed to be biologically active at low concentrations, is rising rapidly but that too little is currently known about their effect on the natural world.


March 25, 2014--Top 3 threats to U.S. drinking water (Water Online)

A recent National Geographic report indicates the top three threats to U.S. drinking water are 1) energy plants, 2) weather, and 3) pharmaceuticals. "When you burn coal you leave behind metals and radioactivity," said Robert B. Jackson, an environmental scientist at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, in the report. "The ash is quite toxic.


December 11, 2013--Government study: Unregulated chemicals seeping into water supply (Water Online)

A new government study says that chemicals are slipping into tap water through water treatment plants across the country. According to the Vancouver Free Press, "Traces of unregulated chemicals were found in drinking water from more than one-third of U.S.


April 1, 2013--Pharmaceuticals in streams (Environmental News Network)

Pharmaceuticals commonly found in the environment are found in streams, with unknown impacts on aquatic life and water quality. So reports a new Ecological Applications paper, which highlights the ecological cost of pharmaceutical waste and the need for more research into environmental impacts.


December 7, 2012--Unused pills raise issue of disposal and risks (New York Times)

Brand name drug makers and their generic counterparts rarely find themselves on the same side of an issue, but now they are making an exception.


May 30, 2012--The environment and pharmaceuticals and personal care products: What are the big questions? (Science Daily)

Researchers at the University of York headed a major international review aimed at enhancing efforts to better understand the impacts of chemicals used in pharmaceuticals or in personal care products, such as cosmetics, soaps, perfumes, deodorants and toothpastes (PPCPs), on the natural environment.


September 9, 2011--Impasse persists on drugs in drinking water (New York Times)

Five years after the federal government convened a task force to study the risks posed by pharmaceuticals in the environment, it is no closer to understanding the problem or whether these contaminants should be regulated under the Clean Water Act.


July 20, 2011--Pollutants can lurk and hide (Environmental News Network)

The health implications of polluting the environment weigh increasingly on our public consciousness, and pharmaceutical wastes continue to be a main culprit. Now a Tel Aviv University researcher says that current testing for these dangerous contaminants isn't going far enough. Dr.


Drug Take-Back Programs Bill Signed Into Law

States and private entities can now create prescription drug take-back programs to help people safely dispose of old or unwanted medicine. President Obama signed the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act in October. The new law clears the way for more programs to collect and dispose of prescription drugs.

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