October 23, 2009--Something in the water: Longterm effect of drugs unknown (Fort Morgan Times)

A study conducted last year by the Associated Press showed public drinking water laced with drugs -- many of which are improperly discarded -- impacts 46 million Americans. The study found traces of everything from cholesterol-lowering agents to hormones and tranquilizers. To be sure: These are trace amounts, and there is no need for alarm.

September 2, 2009--Effort in NM to keep medications out of Rio Grande (New York Times)

New Mexico's largest water utility announced a plan Tuesday aimed at educating the public and keeping pharmaceuticals out of one of the West's most important water ways, the Rio Grande.The announcement by the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority follows a recent discovery in the Rio Grande of caffeine, which scientists often look for as a possible signal for the presence of

February 17, 2008--Study finds human medicines altering marine biology (LA Times)

Sewage-treatment plants in Southern California are failing to remove hormones and hormone-altering chemicals from water that gets flushed into coastal ocean waters, according to the results of a study released Saturday. The preliminary findings were part of the most ambitious study to date on the effect of emerging chemical contaminants in coastal oceans.

January 21, 2008--Study looks at river pollution (Denver Post)

Arizona scientists are researching chemicals in the state water supply that could lead to cancer, infertility, birth defects or other health problems. The chemicals are known as endocrine disruptors.

September 17, 2007--Take back these drugs-please (High Country News)

Americans love their medications. Pharmacists fill more than 3 billion prescriptions a year in the United States, and consumers also buy huge quantities of over-the-counter drugs. Many of those pharmaceuticals enter wastewater when people urinate.

June 28, 2007--Chemical traces taint rivers in Colorado (Denver Post)

Tiny amounts of antidepressants, hormones and detergent residues are making their way into river water in and around Colorado. Studies in Boulder and other U.S. cities have found fish with both make and female sex parts and populations of fish with many times more females than males. Some cities are piloting pharmaceutical-buyback programs to keep people from dumping old drugs down the toilet.

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