It appears that there are no safety standards for pharmaceutical drugs in our water, and they are just now starting to detect them. These medications and such could be coming from hospitals and homes (since many people flush their unused meds). Other cosmetic products were also detected in the water.
Pharmaceuticals enter the water supply through the sewage system. Every person who has ever taken any medication, prescription or non, absorbs a portion in their body but flushes the remainder down the toilet. Some of this water is diverted to water treatment facilities where it is processed into drinking water. These facilities are very good a removing contaminants but were never designed to remove the multitude of drugs that are in use by the American public. The amounts of drugs that do show up in the drinking water are minuscule, at least for now, and are not considered to be dangerous.
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