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Bacteria May Be Remaking Drugs in Sewage

Sewage Bacteria

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  • The concentration of an anti-epileptic drug increased by 80 percent after going through wastewater treatment
  • The concentration of an antibiotic increased by 120 percent after treatment
  • The microbes used during the treatment process may “put back together” the broken down pharmaceuticals, resulting in increased concentrations

By Dr. Mercola

The US government advises throwing most unused or expired medications into the trash rather than flushing them down the toilet, but water testing across the US shows that no matter how the drugs are disposed, they have a tendency to end up in water.


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