Lake Michigan Contaminated With Prescription Drugs

simpsons-fishDrugs in the water at Lake Michigan:

Via Scientific American:

Prescription drugs are contaminating Lake Michigan two miles from Milwaukee’s sewage outfalls, suggesting that the lake is not diluting the compounds as most scientists expected, according to new research.

“In a body of water like the Great Lakes, you’d expect dilution would kick in and decrease concentrations, and that was not the case here,” said Dana Kolpin, a U.S. Geological Survey research hydrologist based in Iowa.

It is not clear what, if any, effects the drugs are having on fish and other creatures in Lake Michigan. But this ability to travel and remain at relatively high concentrations means that aquatic life is exposed, so there could be “some serious near-shore impacts,” said Rebecca Klaper, an associate professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and senior author of the study published in the journal Chemosphere.

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  • Chaorder Gradient

    all this time the drugs were really self-replicating nano-bots

    • Calypso_1

      That’s what the mushroom PR dept told me.

  • kowalityjesus

    step 1: destroy the pharmaceutical lobby. Advertising prescription drugs is only legal in two places on earth: USA and New Zealand, and it was illegal in the US until shortly before Reagan left office, 1987. It makes no fucking sense for advertisers to inform people what prescriptions they should be taking. Also, take the drug reps out of doctors’ offices; what a giant, floundering misallocation of resources.

  • VoxMagi

    Oh great…the next fish I catch might wind up being suicidally depressed from anti-psychotics and sporting a raging boner from Viag runoff.

    • DeepCough

      Look on the bright side: a suicidal fish is a easy catch.

  • BuzzCoastin

    Der Homeland, China & India
    will be the first kunteries where modernity’s pollution
    decimates all life forms
    except the most fit cyborgs