Pharmaceuticals and water supply

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Prescription Drugs have been detected in water supply systems of major cities in the United States including Europe, Canada, Australia and Asia.  In addition, quantities of antibiotics, steroids, antidepressants, and hormones are also present in the water supply (Doro-on, 2011).  These new emerging contaminants are designed with small concentrations that can generate specific health effects.  It should not surprise the general public that with low concentrations in water supply can create several side effects to human body.  There is no regulatory requirements for testing and limits of these contaminants. The long-term effects are currently not clearly be defined, while the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will continue to work on the important issue of prescription drugs in water (Doro-on, 2011).

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