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RawMaterials Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 06:13 PM
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Drinking water contains traces of nine drugs, new study finds
this should be LBN but i mist my 12 hour window



http://www.canada.com/vancouver/vancouversun/news/story...

The federal government's first study of pharmaceuticals in drinking water will confirm traces of common painkillers, anti-cholesterol drugs and the antidepressant Prozac are ending up in the treated water that Canadians drink, CanWest News Service has learned.
A study by researchers from the National Water Research Institute for Health and Environment Canada, designed to gauge how efficiently plants removed traces of drugs from drinking water, found nine different drugs in water samples taken near 20 drinking water treatment plants across southern Ontario.

The drugs were mainly from a class known as "acidic pharmaceuticals," and included the painkillers ibuprofen and neproxin, and gemfibrozil, a cholesterol-lowering medication. Concentrations were in the parts per trillion -- comparable to one cent in $10 billion. "Barely detectable" levels of Prozac were also found.
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Deja Q Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 06:14 PM
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1. How the hell did that stuff get IN to the water? Somebody flush down
some bottles of expired prescriptions? :crazy:
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trotsky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 06:16 PM
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2. The body does not metabolize them.
The chemicals float around in the body, doing their thing, then eventually get flushed out by the kidneys. Yikes.
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mike_c Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 06:16 PM
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3. no, they're flushing their urine....
Edited on Sun Nov-14-04 06:17 PM by mike_c
Why do you think peeing into a bottle reveals traces of drug use?
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aquart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 06:20 PM
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5. So, really, Canadians are drinking urine?
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mike_c Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 06:23 PM
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6. lol-- reminds me of the time I grossed out my daugher...
...by pointing out that her stomach was full of vomit.
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aquart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 07:05 PM
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9. Just grossed me out , too.
Possibly for the night. Or life.
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RawMaterials Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 06:20 PM
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4. so if I'm feeling bad ill just drink some watter, that will make it
all better. better not let Mr. Coors find out his business might suffer if you can get drugs for free. LOL
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idiosyncratic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 06:29 PM
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7. I saw that on the news the other night and it isn't just Canada.
I think the story was in Colorado and it had to do with fish in the streams developing both male and female characteristics because of all the female-hormone-type chemicals in the water.

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RawMaterials Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 06:32 PM
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8. This is a issues people need to deal with
Edited on Sun Nov-14-04 06:32 PM by GoldOilCrude
If its going on in Canada, do you really not think that it is going on every were else big business is???
scary

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