Drugs in Food Chain

  1. This is disturbing. Wild salmon caught in the Puget Sound was found tainted with prescription drugs and illegal drugs.

    Drugs found in Puget Sound salmon from tainted wastewater | The Seattle Times
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  3. by   adventure_rn
    Not surprised. Ironically, we just started wasting our meds into charcoal 'wasting containers' instead of down the sink--my coworkers and I were joking that the fish are going to be irritable because they're all going through withdrawal.

    I saw a documentary several years back on the topic. Apparently a study was testing for fat-soluble toxins in breastmilk, and went to some isolated indigenous Arctic Inuit communities in an attempt to find a control group (because they'd presumably never been exposed). I turned out that they had the highest concentration of all, since the fish and marine mammals they ate had so much cumulative exposure from toxins in the water. Anybody who is interested can watch the whole documentary (called 'Invisible,' released 2007) here:

    Invisible | Wonderdog

    (PS--I just rewatched the documentary and remembered how fascinating it is--highly recommend!)

    Call me a pessimist, but I think the whole process seems kind of inevitable. We're doomed.
    Last edit by adventure_rn on Aug 8, '17
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  5. by   NurseSpeedy
    I've always thought there was something wrong with our narcotic waste policies in many of the facilities that I've worked for over the years. The policy is strictly enforced to pour the narcotic liquid down the drain in the sinks. Now, with just my group of patients alone I'm wasting a ton of narcotics down the drain with q2hr dosing on six patients. The med room doesn't have a sink so we would have to take it out and expose of it down the hall into the first available unit sink.

    One place only had pills and patches. The pills we had to crush (luckily not too many on half pills and we didn't tend to drop our meds often), water them down, and toss them around it kitty liter and save until it could be properly disposed of later. Patches were witnessed removing before folding in corners and, yep, you probably guessed it-flushed down the toilet.