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Antidepressants Entering Aquatic Ecosystems; No Happy Ending in Sight

7:01 AM MDT | July 9, 2010 | Alex Scott

Rising concentrations of antidepressant drugs in coastal waters around the U.K. could be changing sea-life behaviour and potentially damage the food-chain, according to a new study undertaken at the University of Portsmouth (Portsmouth, U.K.). The increased concentrations of such drugs in coastal waters are the result of their rising use in the human population. Once excreted by humans, the drugs are entering the aquatic environment via effluent from domestic waste-water treatment plants.   Research into the behaviour of shrimps exposed to the antidepressant...

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