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Amphetamines and drugs detected in waste water in United States

A quite high concentration of amphetamines and other drugs has been detected in waste water of large cities in the United States.

Scientists proclaim that such results cannot affect a person, because he/she has to drink a huge amount of water to get a certain dose of drugs, but the presence of these substances can cause an ecological disturbance. High concentration of antidepressants in water threatens the development of anomalies in the behavior of fish and other organisms that live in water.

According to authorities, the source of the problem is a widespread habit of Americans to flush pills and unused drugs down the toilet. For that reason, the authorities propose to throw away unnecessary medication in special garbage cans placed at police stations.

In fact, the problem seems to be more much more complicated than meets the eye. Scientists ascertained thatit is not drugs that generate water pollution, but due to the fact that they do not do not decompose in a human body, that is, in a natural way. This means that the idea of ‘extra medication’ disposal does not make any sense at the moment.

Thus, an obvious question arises: how can you fight against that? According to the scientists, it is necessary to create ‘green’ drugs, which could completely decompose in the human body or significantly reduce or, at least, limit the amount of potent drugs. According to Nobel laureate Angus Deaton, many Americans suffer from “opioid analgesics addiction”.

About one in 20 Americans uses potent drugs to combat insomnia, depression and other mental illnesses. Also, this problem depends directly on what drugs doctors prescribe to patients, given the fact that the majority of Americans suffer from constant stress. Probably, it is worth looking for more effective solutions.

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  • January 12, 2017 12:36 PM MSK