A 2016 Science Direct study detected 47 different pharmaceuticals in the study’s sourced water samples. Fewer pharmaceuticals were detected after testing the water once it had been treated, yet some drug contamination remained. Even more surprising is the fact that there are no regulations concerning pharmaceutical contamination in the United States.
The good news is that there has yet to be a link from this type of contamination to increase health risks. However, there are concerns contaminated water could interact with prescribed medicines patients are taking, causing a harmful drug combination.
It’s still early days for scientists and water experts in determining the effects of pharmaceutical water contamination, but you can do your part in preventing it by responsibly disposing of unused medication instead of simply throwing them away.
We can provide your home with filtration systems that can reduce the potential harm found in dissolved pharmaceuticals in your water.