UK Drinking Water Tainted With Prozac?

Late last year, the United Kingdom banned physicians from prescribing any anti-depressants, except for prozac, to children. That probably had a lot to do with why news of traces of prozac being found in Britain's drinking water supply, caught my attention.

The warning set off alarm bells with environmentalists concerned about potentially toxic effects. A report by the British government's environment watchdog, Environmental Agency, found prozac was building up in river systems and groundwater used for drinking supplies. The exact quantity of Prozac in the drinking water was unknown, but the report concluded Prozac could be potentially toxic in the water table.

Experts say that Prozac finds its way into rivers and water systems from treated sewage water, and some believe the drugs could affect reproductive ability.

A spokesman for Britain's Drinking Water Inspectorate said prozac was likely to be found in a considerably watered down form that was unlikely to pose a health risk. Nevertheless, an environment spokesperson believed it looked like a case of hidden mass medication upon the unsuspecting public.

That's another good reason to drink safe pure water. Your best bet to ensure a clean and affordable water source is to filter your own water at home. Avoid drinking unfiltered tap water, as chlorine and fluoride, which are added to most municipal water supplies, are toxic chemicals that shouldn't be consumed in large quantities.

Yahoo News August 8, 2004

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