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Prozac in British water system - I guess the whole country needs it

By SkipperUSN ·
Interesting story from The Telegraph - :-O

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2004/08/08/uwater.xml&sSheet=/portal/2004/08/08/ixportaltop.html

Anti-depressant 'found in drinking water'
(Filed: 08/08/2004)


Britons could unwittingly be swallowing traces of the anti-depressant Prozac and other drugs in drinking water.



Environmentalists have described the situation as "hidden mass medication of the unsuspecting public" after a new study showed that pharmaceutical residues can travel through the sewage system and end up in the "aquatic environment".

The Environment Agency has called on the drugs industry to prove its products are unlikely to cause significant harm to the environment.

Prozac has been found by the Environment Agency to be "both toxic and persistent" and "a substance that could be of potential concern".

There has been a 166% increase in prescriptions for anti-depressants in England since 1991 - up to 24 million a year.

Mr Baker said that there appeared to be a case of hidden mass medication of the public and was a very worrying health issue.

"The Government is quite simply not taking its responsibility to public health seriously. It is alarming that there is no monitoring of levels of Prozac and other pharmacy residues in our drinking water.

"There is also no evidence that filtration eliminates these contaminants from water and Ministers don't even know which water works are fitted with which filtering devices anyway.

"From start to finish this is a demonstration of staggering complacency from a 'don't know, don't care' Government.

"The public has a right to know what's in our water supplies and whether they are inadvertently taking drugs like Prozac."

A spokeswoman for the Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said that it was extremely unlikely that there was a risk, as such drugs were excreted in very low concentrations and biodegraded during sewage treatment and in watercourses.

"There is also a large dilution effect. Furthermore, advanced treatment processes installed for pesticide removal are effective in rem0oving drug residues - these are commonly found in waters abstracted from lowland rivers."

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Prozac in the water..

by maecuff In reply to Prozac in British water s ...

may help some people. But I think only a rubber mallet to the head will work on others.

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WE NEED IT!!!!

by Hargerd In reply to Prozac in the water..

Being taken of a "roller-coaster ride" by our Prime Minster, charging into war all while remaining as far up GWB?s arse that he could clean his teeth!
:)

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Good story but UNTRUE

by alanfp99 In reply to Prozac in British water s ...

I've checked this out. There may be traces of prozac in rivers (ie the British water system) but no prozac has ever been detected in DRINKING water! The national press latched onto a report which stated this and then unbelievably (?) ran the story with the headline "Prozac in drinking water". I believe the Observer was the prime culprit. This was compounded by all the other national papers running the story the next day, quoting "The Observer reported yesterday that ......." as though it was true - they couldn't even be bothered to do their own research.
The national Drinking Water Inspectorate issued a press release a couple of days later to correct the story, but do you think that this was published in the papers???? Of course not.
You really cannot believe anything you read in the papers without checking it out.

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Funny isn't it?

by Oz_Media In reply to Prozac in British water s ...

Well apart from it being complete BS, I did notice that the TWO countries you (not you directly but many Americas here) are CONSTANTLY laughing at the weak medical system in England and Canada.

Well your president outsourced your flu vacines to a UK company (a dodgy one at that) and now Canada has set aside Oct 30 (or 31st) to allow US patient to come here for thier vaccines due to your inabiity to produce them in house.

Your citizens have been crawling up here by the hundred for vaccines so the Canadian government has allwoed as muc for one day so that people can get help.

Kind of ironic really, a nation FOCUSED on developing high priced drugs, that has the world's most advanced medical system that everyone is apparently jealous of, going to the two countries who's medical system they laugh at in order to get vaccines.

Yeah ironic.

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