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Medicine in the Water, Should you be concerned?

You have probably seen the news today that trace amounts of prescription and over the counter drugs can be found in the water supply. Pharmaceuticals have been found in the water supply of major metropolitan areas in sixteen states and 24 metropolitan areas, so should we be concerned about this and should you switch to bottled water for your family?

The answer of course is yes…and no! These drug are found in very trace amounts in tap water and in bottled water according to CNN. The drugs found in these water supplies include acetaminophen and ibuprofen along with medications for pain, infection, high cholesterol, asthma, epilepsy, mental illness and heart disease. The medication enters the water supply through our own bodies. When you take medication, the body takes what it needs and the rest gets flushed down the toilet. The same is true for vitamin.

The water goes through the waste treatment process and some water is cleaned up enough to re-enter drinking water. The method by which these drugs enter our environment also impacts bottled water that is created from filtering tap water, it is also possible that some bottled water from natural aquifers is also contaminated with medications.

The good news is that the amounts are so small, it would take several lifetimes to ingest a single dose of any given medication. However, the bad news is that scientists are still concerned about the long term risks of exposure to medication in our drinking water. At this point, switching to bottled water would not help the situation because most bottled water would still contain trace amounts of medication.

For now, our best bet is to continue drinking our filtered tap water and wait for more information. I want to urge everyone to avoid wasting more plastic containers by purchasing spring water that may or may not be an improvement over the filtered tap water you can already get in your own home. For more information, click here to read the article at CNN.com

John
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