Amphetamines Polluting Some Urban Streams: Study

Amphetamines - American Health Council

“Medications and illegal drugs are polluting streams in and around at least one major U.S. city, new research reveals. Scientists say this pollution comes with ecological consequences — areas in some streams have high enough concentrations of the stimulant amphetamine to alter the bottom of the aquatic food web.”

“The researchers monitored the effects of the drug for three weeks and found that amphetamine suppressed the growth of biofilms, changed the composition of bacteria and a type of algae, called diatoms. Insects in the polluted streams also emerged earlier. “As society continues to grapple with aging wastewater infrastructure and escalating pharmaceutical and illicit drug use, we need to consider collateral damages to our freshwater resources,” said Rosi-Marshall.”

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