Drug pollution concentrates in stream bugs, passes to predators in water and on land


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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 06 November 2018

HEALTH, FITNESS, OVER-DEVELOPMENT, INSECTS, & DRUGS

Our Behavior is Equal to, or Worse than Pissing in our Own Drinking Water

Drug pollution concentrates in stream bugs, passes to predators in water and on land,
Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, November 6, 2018.

MAIN POINTS

Pharmacy in the Creek
“Sixty-nine pharmaceutical compounds have been detected in stream insects, some at concentrations that may threaten animals that feed on them, such as trout and platypus.”

Flying from Creek into Wider Ecosystem
“When these insects emerge as flying adults, they can pass drugs to spiders, birds, bats, and other streamside foragers.”

Global Drugging of Man & Nature
“Pharmaceutical pollution is present in surface waters globally. Drugs enter the environment because most wastewater treatment facilities are not equipped to remove them from sewage. Septic tanks, aging pipes, and sewer overflows contribute to the problem.”

“Therapeutically-Relevant Doses”
"Stream life is swimming in a mixture of pharmaceuticals. Our study is the first to show that this chronic drug pollution can concentrate in aquatic insects and move up food webs, in some cases exposing top predators to therapeutically-relevant doses."

Tested Waters
“The team sampled six streams in Melbourne, Australia for 98 pharmaceutical compounds - the most exhaustive screening to date. Pharmaceuticals measured included common drugs like antibiotics, antidepressants, antihistamines, and NSAIDs. Study sites were selected along a gradient of wastewater contamination that included a site downstream of a wastewater treatment plant and a site in a national park.”

Tested Bugs
"We focused on riparian spiders because they build their webs over streams and feed on adult aquatic insects as they emerge from the water."

“Bugs on Drugs”
High Contamination Zones
“Tissue analyses detected up to 69 different pharmaceutical compounds in aquatic insects and up to 66 compounds in riparian spiders. Drug concentrations were the highest in invertebrates collected downstream of wastewater treatment facilities or in heavily populated areas with potential septic tank leakage. On average, pharmaceutical concentrations at these sites were 10 to 100 times higher than less contaminated sites.”

Lots of Drugs
"Insect tissues had drug concentrations that were orders of magnitude higher than concentrations measured in surface waters. We also found a diverse suite of drugs in spiders, indicating that drugs are passed from the water to prey to predator, thereby exposing other animals in the food web to drugs."

Crazy-Assed Shit
"A platypus living in a creek receiving treated wastewater effluent could receive the equivalent of half of a recommended human dose of antidepressants every day - just by eating its normal diet of stream insects. This intake is likely to have biological effects."

Ya think!?!

Happening Everywhere Drugs are Used
"Similar insects are found in freshwaters all over the world. This isn't a problem specific to Australia; it's representative of what's likely happening wherever people take drugs. And it's likely an underestimate. We only tested for 98 pharmaceutical compounds - there are thousands in circulation."

 

Bottom Line

Chances are that you and your kids are taking drugs whenever you drink water. A lot of drugs. Even more disruptive for the kids is the, "Ubiquitious," presence of BPA, an endocrine disruptor that mimics the effects of estrogen in all aspects of our environment.

Since the same type of ecological contamination is happening with the endocrine-disrupting chemical (BPA) being released from waste plastic into every ecosystem on the planet, you and your kids are also getting a constant dose of estrogen along with the broad range of pharmaceuticals identified in the research above.

This has been great for profits, if not so good for you, and the world’s confused and drugged-up children.!

Wonder why your little boy is growing tits, and your daughter is speaking with a husky voice? It’s because your corporate leaders and their equally-bribed duopoly of political minions have poisoned you, your environment, and your children, along with about everything else on our planet, in their reckless pursuit of wealth and power through the endless, very, very, irresponsible growth they’ve pushed relentlessly forward for the past fifty years…

We really need for the, “Corporate Growth Machine of Death,” to take a, “pause for the cause,” especially if our, “cause,” is a healthy environment and healthy children. We’ve already grown far beyond that point...

 

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BPA "Ubiquitious"

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So,
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