Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Pharmaceuticals In Tap Water

In today’s age of health care, there are millions of different pills and medications taken each day. A lot of people depend on these medications to survive, but the improper disposal of certain drugs is becoming a hazard to the rest of us. Whenever somebody “flushes” a medication, it is usually dispersed into the mainline water supply. Water municipalities are equipped to deal with certain waterborne diseases and chemicals, but not the various types of drugs and pills people often flush down the sink or toilet. According to studies, scientists have found traceable amounts of different medications in public tap water, such as anti-depressants, blood pressure medication, painkillers contraceptives, and antibiotics.

Drugs in tap water.

Various drugs are often found in tap water.

Although research is still developing on the amounts of these drugs in the water and their effect on humans, they may pose health risks for those already taking medication or people with pre-existing conditions. Drugs used for hypertension are the commonly found drugs in tap water supply, which may be a hazard for those with low blood pressure or those already taking those types of medications.  Scientists worry that medications such as ibuprofen and acetaminophen, common pain relief medications, may cause long term health-effects such as liver damage or stomach illnesses.

Out of all the possible pharmaceutical drugs, water municipalities can only remove lindane, an ingredient in certain shampoos that is used to kill lice and other nasty bugs. Among the 60,000 unregulated chemicals, there are many other pharmaceutical drugs that may find their way to your household. The worrying fact of the matter is that water municipalities are not required to test for any of these drugs, so families may have to take matters into their own hands for the time being.

For starters, people should refrain from flushing their medications down the toilet. Although they may not want to take their medicine, the next-door neighbor shouldn’t have to pay the price. There are public facilities available for medicinal disposal, where they will put the medication and make sure it is given to someone who needs it. If that option is not available, simply dispose of the medication in the trash.

The most effective way to eliminate medications in your water is to install a reverse-osmosis filter. Reverse-osmosis filters are the only effective way to ensure that you are removing all the different possible medications from your household. Remove-osmosis filters will efficiently remove other nasty chemicals as well, such as arsenic, fluorides, and nitrates. Regular carbon-based filters are not able to remove these. If you are serious about removing the various drugs in your families’ tap water supply, consider a reverse-osmosis filter.