A new study has found almost 70 different pharmaceutical drugs in insects and spiders in rivers around Melbourne, Australia. Commenting on the finding, the researchers express concern that trout and other predators which feed on the bugs are being exposed to daily doses of some drugs, such as antidepressants, that are up to half of those prescribed to humans. Published in the scientific journal Nature Communications , the study adds to growing evidence that the pharmaceutical industry is having a dangerous impact on food chains, water supplies, and the environment. The researchers looked at insects and spiders from in and around six streams in Melbourne.
Drug Industry Pollution Affecting Food Chains, Water Supplies, And The Environment
The treatment of ultra pure water EUP mainly concerns semiconductor industries and some workshops in the pharmaceutical industry. Given the growing importance attributed to recycling in the former, we felt it would be simpler to include the problems involved in the treatment of effluent and its possible reuse in this sub-chapter. Water is used by this industry as a rinsing agent during the various phases involved in the manufacture of its components and its quality is of critical importance to the manufacturing process in direct relation to memory, microprocessor and other product reject levels. For this industry, water is the essential cleaning fluid and has to be available in large quantities at reasonable costs and this situation must persist. However, as discussed in section process water table 26 , as the components produced tend towards miniaturisation, specifications for elements, both soluble and non-soluble, likely to be found in the water, have become increasingly stringent.
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