Monday, March 10, 2008

Oh Happy Day...

from CNN

Prescription drugs found in drinking water across U.S.
A vast array of pharmaceuticals -- including antibiotics, anti-convulsants, mood stabilizers and sex hormones -- have been found in the drinking water supplies of at least 41 million Americans, an Associated Press investigation shows.
In the course of a five-month inquiry, the AP discovered that drugs have been detected in the drinking water supplies of 24 major metropolitan areas -- from Southern California to Northern New Jersey, from Detroit, Michigan, to Louisville, Kentucky.
People take pills. Their bodies absorb some of the medication, but the rest of it passes through and is flushed down the toilet. The wastewater is treated before it is discharged into reservoirs, rivers or lakes. Then, some of the water is cleansed again at drinking water treatment plants and piped to consumers. But most treatments do not remove all drug residue.

and in other drug-related news:

from CNN
Vatican lists new sinful behaviors
A Vatican official has listed drugs, pollution and genetic manipulations as well as social and economic injustices as new areas of sinful behavior.

I'm glad the Vatican is keeping tabs on these things, except that drug prohibition and privatization drive social and economic injustices around the world and spanning history. Just goes to show how much the Vatican knows about anything relevant.

But, I'm glad that all those unused pills that Americans are popping are being shat out and bound within our precious drinking water tables. It's good to know that our pharmaceutical revolution is making us live longer while it simultaneously pollutes our drinking water.

What a GREAT DAY in the news!