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a troubling article found on the cnn.com website earlier today.

http://www.cnn.com/2008/HEALTH/03/11/pharma.waterfish.ap/index.html?iref=mpstoryview

it's troubling to see how irresponsibly
we're disposing of potentially toxic chemicals
without any regard for the consequences.
not to mention that if the effects are so detrimental to fish and wildlife
stop and think what the long term effects on the drug users
for whom the drugs are prescribed are.


... so who's up for fishing the warm water discharge...?
(note the sarcasm)
 

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Before you place blame, this article has a different cause. There is no doubt that people just flush old prescriptions, but I would think most prescriptions are used rather than flushed.

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,336286,00.html

How do the drugs get into the water?

People take pills. Their bodies absorb some of the medication, but the rest of it passes through and is flushed down the toilet. The wastewater is treated before it is discharged into reservoirs, rivers or lakes. Then, some of the water is cleansed again at drinking water treatment plants and piped to consumers. But most treatments do not remove all drug residue
 
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