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    Science: Your Prozac-Shit drives Marine life crazy...

    Fish swimming in water tainted with Prozac exhibit 'antisocial, aggressive and even homicidal behaviour'
    • Minnows who swam in the water had altered behaviour and reproduction
    • Young minnows also had 'architectural changes' in their brains
    • In some cases, the male minnows killed the females
    By Nicola Rowe
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    17:15 GMT, 14 June 2013 | UPDATED: 17:16 GMT, 14 June 2013

    Minnows living in waterways tainted with low levels of antidepressants exhibit disturbingly reclusive, hostile and destructive behaviour.

    A team of scientists at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee found that male fathead minnows showed changes in their behaviour after exposure to commonly-prescribed Zoloft and Prozac.

    According to an article published in Scientific American, the fish were collected from waterways located two to six miles downstream from major sewage treatment plants.

    The bizarre effect that the drugs had on the minnows has worried experts.


    Minnows found swimming in waters tainted with antidepressant drugs became anxious, anti-social and sometimes even homicidal

    In a laboratory, male minnows exposed to small doses of the drugs appeared to ignore females.

    The reproductive levels of the fish also decreased as they spent more time alone and displayed sluggish, uninspired behaviour when they did attempt to capture prey.
    In some cases, the male minnows killed the females.
    The doses added to the laboratory water were just one part per billion, considered to be a very low concentration.

    The article cites a currently unpublished report built on the previous research findings of Rebecca Klaper, Associate Professor at the School of Freshwater Sciences.
    When the dose was increased to a higher level, female minnows produced fewer eggs and males became aggressive.
    The levels introduced by the scientists are similar to those that are found in public waterways. These occur because the drugs are not properly metabolised and are therefore excreted via human waste, or because they have been incorrectly disposed of.


    Antidepressants are the most commonly prescribed medications in the United States, with nearly 250 million prescriptions filled every year. 46.7 million prescriptions for antidepressants were dispensed in the UK in 2011

    10 MOST PRESCRIBED GENERIC DRUGS IN THE UK

    1. Simvastatin 37.3 million
    2. Aspirin 33.9 million
    3. Levothyroxine sodiuM 21.9 million
    4 Ramipril 19.3 million
    5. Bendroflumethiazide 18.8 million
    6. Paracetamol 18.8 million
    7. Salbutamol 18.7 million
    8. Omeprazole 18.3 million
    9. Lansoprazol 14.9 million
    10. Co-codamol 14.6 million
    NHS Information Centre

    Speaking at the 2012 Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry conference, Klaper said:'There appear to be architectual changes to the young minnows' brains.'
    The effect on humans, wildlife and plant life of pharmaceuticals in water is still not clear.

    Prescription drugs in common drinking water are nothing new, although a 2012 World Health Organisation Report purported that 'trace qualities of pharmaceuticals in drinking water are very unlikely to pose health risks'.

    The report claimed that, on average, pharmaceutical levels found in drinking water is on average 1,000 times less that the does that would be expected to effect a human.
    Fathead minnows are small fish, the biggest ones measuring only a couple of inches long. Their small size could be a factor in how they react to low levels of Prozac.
    However, Klapper believes that the concentrations used in this experiment, as well as the levels seen in the environment, could also impact larger species of fish.

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2341787/Fish-swimming-water-tainted-Prozac-exhibit-antisocial-aggressive-homicidal-behaviour.html
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    Antidepressants are the most commonly prescribed medications in the United States, with nearly 250 million prescriptions filled every year. 46.7 million prescriptions for antidepressants were dispensed in the UK in 2011
    250 million septics on antidepressants...

    ...hey, but dont eat margarine...

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    250m scripts, not customers. Likely to be considerably less. However this is not surprising. I would not at all be surprised to find that pharma companies bribe doctors to dish out one type of pill who's side effects are designed to make that patient need another pill they make, so that they are not treating people but creating customers.

    Stay the feck away from doctors unless you absolutely have to.
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    those yanks can pop whatever they want, but the stuff goes with their human waste into the water cycle...

    those happy pill addicts are destroying the planet...

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    Big fish eat the minnows,and then We eat the big fish. Even if you stay away from Doctors and pills,eating big fishies will drug you up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pseudolus
    Stay the feck away from doctors unless you absolutely have to.
    Best advice for sure.

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