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How do medications end up in our water supply?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

The medication we take ends up in our water supply in one of two ways. We secrete it in our urine (which we can't control), but many of us also flush unused medication down the toilet, contributing to the rising amount of pharmaceutical pollution found in our water supply. The Associated Press has found that dozens of pharmaceuticals end up in our water supplies, and eventually, in our tap water. That's because water treatment plants are designed to neutralize biological hazards, such as bacteria, but not pollutants such as antibiotics. Scientists are now discovering bacteria in the wild that are not only resistant to antibiotics, but can actually live off them.


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