A drug is a biologically active chemical compound that, at very low doses, has a large impact on our physiology.
The key here is to understand that the medicines, by definition, have large effects at small doses.
This kind of thing is a very big problem.
The U.S. federal government has “consistently” overlooked massive amounts of waterway contamination stemming from 271 million pounds of pharmaceuticals legally released into waterways, the Associated Press reported today.
According to the news agency’s investigation, government and industry officials don’t know how many pharmaceutical ingredients – like lithium and nitroglycerin – are released into lakes and rivers that feed into drinking water, because they don’t track those chemicals as drugs.
But the AP found that 22 pharmaceutical compounds do show up in EPA and Food and Drug Administration records. Drugmakers and federal regulators both say that the manufacturing of these kinds of chemicals doesn’t impact water quality, but according to the story…