Pharmaceuticals Found in Tap Water
The big headline for today is that drugs have been found in city tap water. This is not new news; we've know for some time that trace amounts of pharmaceutical drugs have been ending up in our watersheds. Why? Because when people take pills, the drugs comes out in the urine and then end up in recycling back into our tap water.
What can be done to stop this? Well, for one, you might consider not running out and getting an antibiotic at every sniffle. Two, you might consider trying holistic remedies instead of antidepressants for depression (which are really no better than a placebo anyway according to a recent study).
Should you stop drinking tap water? Here are the pros and cons: Bottled water has a tremendous negative impact on the environment. You've got the creation of the plastic bottles. Then there's the transportation of the bottles. Then there's the waste of the bottles.
Personally, I drink filtered tap water; I do think that weighed objectively at this time the dangers to the environment of drinking bottled water are probably bigger than the effects of a very small trace amount of drugs in the water. I could be wrong.
But one thing is for sure: Your taking unnecessary pills is definitely harmful to the environment over the long haul. It could conceivably hurt the wildlife, and now it's causing more people to drink bottled water. And that's a good a reason as any to just say no to anti-depressants and other mind-altering legal drugs.