This would explain a lot, actually. 🙂 I wonder what sort of drugs are in my drinking water… Xanax? Oxycodone? I knew there was a reason why I should back off the water and drink Diet Coke instead.
The news thinks that the reason (in addition to lack of good enough filtering) drugs might be in the drinking water has to do with the amount of drugs not absorbed into the body, then excreted in the toilet. I, for one, prefer to think of my water coming from some virgin spring somewhere… not someone’s toilet.
Also, I imagine a lot of people, when cleaning out their medicine cabinets, flush their unused or unneeded medication. Don’t you?
After a surgery a few years ago, I took some Oxycodone and some blood thinning meds to my work for disposal. The pharmacist said, “Thanks for not flushing them. We have enough chemicals in our water already.” I’m not sure what they do with the leftover drugs.