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National report of drugs in drinking water spurs local questions

Published 03/19/2008, The Dickinson Press

The Associated Press reported last week that trace amounts of pharmaceuticals — including antibiotics, anti-convulsants, mood stabilizers and sex hormones — have been detected in the drinking water supplies of 41 million Americans. The investigation focused on 24 major metropolitan areas across the country and did not include southwestern North Dakota. While researchers do not yet understand the exact risks from decades of persistent exposure to random combinations of low levels of pharmaceuticals, recent studies have found alarming effects on human cells and wildlife.

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