Hey! There’s Water In My Methadone!

A United States Geological Survey study found that water exiting Big Pharma production plants contain a significant level of drugs when compared with those exiting waste water treatment facilities.

From 2004 to 2009, USGS researchers tested outflow samples from two wastewater treatment plants in New York State where more than 20 percent of the water received by the plants is from pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities. The researchers found the pharmaceutical concentrations in the treated water that ends up in your faucet were 10 to 1,000 times higher than the outflows from 24 water treatment facilities around the U.S. (including one in New York State) that do not receive water from pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities.

Among the most startlingly prominent drugs were:

  • 3,800 parts per billion (ppb) of metaxalone, a muscle relaxant
  • 1,700 ppb of oxycodone, an opioid prescribed for pain relief
  • Greater than 400 ppb of methadone, an opioid prescribed for pain relief and drug withdrawal
  • 160 ppb of butalbital, a barbiturate
  • More than 40 ppb of phendimetrazine, a stimulant prescribed for obesity,
  • More than 40 ppb of carisoprodol, a muscle relaxant
  • 3.9 ppb diazepam, an anti-anxiety medication

The full article is only a little longer than what I quoted, but is definitely worth investigating.



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