Happy Monday, how many drugs have you already had this week?
And while drugs are tested to be safe for humans, the timeframe is usually over a matter of months, not a lifetime. Pharmaceuticals also can produce side effects and interact with other drugs at normal medical doses. That’s why â€” aside from therapeutic doses of fluoride injected into potable water supplies â€” pharmaceuticals are prescribed to people who need them, not delivered to everyone in their drinking water.
“We know we are being exposed to other people’s drugs through our drinking water, and that can’t be good,” says Dr. David Carpenter, who directs the Institute for Health and the Environment of the State University of New York at Albany.