Did you know that more than 131 million Americans, or 66% of adults, take some form of the prescription drug every day? On average, those who use prescriptions take 4 pills, which doesn’t account for over-the-counter meds, vitamins, & other dietary supplements. According to the Quintile IMS, from 1997 to 2016, the number of prescriptions filled for American adults and children rose 85% from 2.4 billion to 4.5 billion a year.
So, should it be a surprise that scientists are finding remnants of pharmaceuticals in our tap water? The first discovery was back in 1999 when two chemists, Christian Daughton with the Environmental Protection Agency & Thomas Ternes with Germany’s ESWE-Institute for Water Research, published a report that revealed pharmaceuticals are present in our water cycle.
Even now, The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has confirmed that more unregulated pharmaceutical products (PPCPs) have been found in our nation’s water supply and at least 41 million Americans receive water that has tested positive for:
- Mood stabilizers
- Contraceptives and other synthetic hormones
- Blood thinners
- Heart medication
HOW MEDS GET IN YOUR DRINKING WATER
The federal government is trying to help local governments with this problem in several ways. For example, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) created a take-back program to curb the practice of flushing medication down the toilet and made a list of acceptable flushing agents.
HOW PHARMACEUTICALS IN WATER AFFECT AMERICANS
Research and study are still in their infancy, and no one knows how it will affect people in the long run. This evidence is sufficient to provide concern for people who use and consume this water. Because there is no federal requirement for water treatment facilities to test or filter out pharmaceutical products, there is no way to say conclusively what people are consuming over time. Knowing the side effects that particular pharmaceuticals can have on the human body when ingested in other ways is highly likely to affect people to some extent.
The most vulnerable population segments are particularly affected, including pregnant women, the elderly, and children. Children are particularly at risk because their bodies cannot filter out toxins like an adult body. There is also some concern about people developing resistance to specific drugs after prolonged exposure to small amounts, even in their water.
HOW DO I PROTECT MYSELF AND MY FAMILY INVEST IN A WATER FILTRATION SYSTEM
The CDC recommends reverse Osmosis Filtration to clean contaminated water. It is the most effective technology for removing as much as 97% of all impurities and toxins including Pharmaceuticals, PFOAs, Chlorine, Lead, Bacteria and more.
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