Sunday, March 09, 2008

A Cheap Alternative To The Drug Store

Concerned about the high cost of drugs and other prescription meds? At the rate things are going, pretty soon all you'll need to do is just drink your tap water. Aside from possibly relieving a headache, maybe if I drink enough water I'll get a 4-hour boner.
A vast array of pharmaceuticals — including antibiotics, anti-convulsants, mood stabilizers and sex hormones — have been found in the drinking water supplies of at least 41 million Americans, an Associated Press investigation shows.

To be sure, the concentrations of these pharmaceuticals are tiny, measured in quantities of parts per billion or trillion, far below the levels of a medical dose. Also, utilities insist their water is safe.

But the presence of so many prescription drugs — and over-the-counter medicines like acetaminophen and ibuprofen — in so much of our drinking water is heightening worries among scientists of long-term consequences to human health.

Oh, have I mentioned lately that our world is fucked up?

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