October 24, 2014--Ontario has 'record-breaking' level of drugs in water (Water Online)

Contamination of drinking water by pharmaceuticals is a growing concern in Canada. Health Canada, the nation's public health department, recently funded a study on this issue. It found "record-breaking levels of three pharmaceuticals in river water in southwestern Ontario," CBC News reported.

August 25, 2014--Study: All kinds of nasty stuff in the water (Summit Voice)

Water quality experts with the U.S. Geological Survey say chemicals from pharmaceuticals and personal-care products are widespread in water that has passed through landfill waste.

August 8, 2014--What happens to the excreted drugs you flush down the toilet? (Guardian)

Doctors should take into account the ‘downstream’ effects on the environment when they prescribe drugs, suggests a scientist at the US Environmental Protection Agency. Let’s talk about urine.

January 20, 2010--More states took in expired meds in 2009 (Denver Post)

A steel mailbox-sized bin in the lobby of a police department in northern Utah was full again, crammed with half-full prescription bottles, over-the-counter cold meds and even an odd topical cream from 1983.

December 23, 2009--Feds mull regulating drugs in water (Denver Post)

Federal regulators under President Barack Obama have sharply shifted course on long-standing policy toward pharmaceutical residues in the nation's drinking water, taking a critical first step toward regulating some of the contaminants while acknowledging they could threaten human health. A burst of significant announcements in recent weeks reflects an expanded

March 11, 2008--AP water probe prompts Senate hearings (Denver Post)

Also, U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz, D-Pa., has asked the EPA to establish a national task force to investigate the issue and make recommendations to Congress on any legislative actions needed. Sen. Barbara Boxer, who heads the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, and Sen.

March 10, 2008--Drugs found in watersheds of 28 areas (Denver Post)

At least one pharmaceutical or byproduct was detected in testing within the watersheds of 28 major metropolitan areas, according to an Associated Press survey of 62 major water providers and data obtained from independent researchers. Test protocols varied widely. Some researchers tested for more drugs than others.

July 6, 2007--Scientists find drugs, caffeine in beds of Portland-area streams (Durango Herald)

Scientist testing the beds of streams around Portland found the residue of the region's medicine cabinets and coffee shops. The list of compounds includes many known by such names as Prozac, Benadryl and Micatin, as well as caffeine. The scientists were surprised, and troubled. They say they don't know how the chemicals might affect fish or other life.

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