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A Cocktail of Drugs in a Glass of Water

An Ontario survey estimates that the province wastes over $40 million in medications each year

During the past year, headlines about “drugs in the water” have alerted the public to an unsettling fact: our lakes, rivers, streams and groundwater contain trace amounts of pharmaceutical drugs that can enter our drinking water. The growing list includes plenty one would rather not down in a glass of water on a hot day: antibiotics and painkillers, hormones and tranquilizers, drugs to treat blood cholesterol, epilepsy and cancer, musk fragrances, and phthalates, a family of chemicals found in cosmetics, perfumes and hair products.

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Sharon Batt
Health researcher Sharon Batt lives in Halifax. She is active in Women and Health Protection, and Prevention First, two coalitions that advocate regulations to protect health and the environment.
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