EPA report finds large traces of prescription drugs in drinking water

Dec. 12, 2013

WASHINGTON — Medication to treat high blood pressure was the most commonly traced drug.

WASHINGTON — A recent report on drinking water from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has found that traces of prescription drugs are present in greater quantities than previously thought in U.S. drinking water, according to an article from the Daily Mail.

The study found at least 25 different drugs in supplies from wastewater treatment plants, the article reported.

According to the article, medication to treat high blood pressure was the most commonly traced drug and found in the highest quantities.

Other drugs found in the water were ibuprofen and hydrocodone, noted the article.

"All of these drugs out there on the market are going to be discharged into the environment and we don't know what the effects are, because there's no requirement to do an assessment on the front end," said Nick Schroeck, executive director of the Great Lakes Environmental Law Center in Detroit, Mich. "We're not trying to scare anyone, but we need to know what these chemical compounds will do to the environment and what are the long term effects for humans."

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