When you pour yourself a glass of water from the tap, you think it’s clean. But is it? There could be traces of pharmaceuticals in your drinking water and you wouldn’t know it.

Because modern water treatment centers can filter almost all toxins from our water, we think it’s safe. But since it doesn’t remove 100 percent, the concern grows for the presence of pharmaceuticals, which can affect your health and environment.

What Is Pharmaceutical Pollution?

Also called drug pollution, pharmaceutical pollution is pollution in water used in industry and environment that maintains the presence of prescription or over-the-counter drugs and medications.

Where It’s Coming From

Traces of pharmaceuticals and common drugs in our water aren’t new. For years researchers found traces of prescription and over-the-counter medications like antibiotics, painkillers and antidepressants in lakes and streams.

One study found even Lake Michigan’s high water volume couldn’t completely dilute the presence of chemicals.

These damaging pharmaceutical compounds mostly come from human or animal urine and waste or improper disposal.

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