Pharmaceuticals and Pesticides Are Polluting US Rivers and Streams

Most factories thankfully have stopped dumping oils, solvents, and other chemicals into rivers, lakes, and streams.

But today caffeine, antihistamines, and other household and agricultural chemicals are likely widespread even in crystal clear water running through seemingly pristine wildernesses, new research has found.

Pharmaceuticals and pesticides comprised half of the pollutants found in the waterways.  Two-thirds contained traces of the antidiabetic drug metformin — marketed as Glucophage and other brands. Detergents, industrial substances, and other toxins made up the rest.


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