Pharmaceutical contamination of drinking and ground water paper

Pharmaceutical contamination of drinking and ground water paper

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Valerie Henderson (944724086) April 2008 Pharmaceutical Contamination of Drinking and Ground Water In this day and age, there is a pill or shot for almost everything. Not only are humans using pharmaceuticals to cure our own ailments and diseases, we are also using them on animals-whether it be steroids to increase muscle mass for slaughter animals or arthritis medications for aging pets. While these medications help increase our longevity and quality of life, small portions of these pharmaceuticals are excreted in our bodily waste and end up in our sewer system (Heberer). Animals, however, excrete their wastes onto the ground and the pharmaceuticals soak into the soil and appear in our ground water (Burkholder). Pharmaceutical contaminants present in our water occur in parts per billion and parts per trillion as per recorded and published in a 1999 U.S. Geological survey. Although this may seem like a very small, even negligible amount, the problem is that these drugs are designed to have effects in small amounts (Peterson). Think about when doctors prescribe medications-they always try to prescribe the lowest dose possible because we know over-exposure to such strong drugs can be harmful to our health. Could these tiny amounts be enough to cause harm to humans and animals over time.
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This note was uploaded on 04/13/2008 for the course NRPI 105 taught by Professor Dunk during the Spring '08 term at Humboldt State University.

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