The Drugs in the Area's Water

Monday, March 10, 2008

Tests revealed that some of the Washington area's drinking water contained trace amounts of these drugs:

Caffeine: a stimulant found in food and drinks.

Carbamazepine: an anti-convulsive to reduce epileptic seizures and a mood stabilizer for treating bipolar disorders.

Ibuprofen: an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication.

Monensin: an antibiotic administered to cattle.

Naproxen: an anti-inflammatory drug commonly found in Aleve.

Sulfamethoxazole: an antibiotic that can be used to treat infections in humans and animals.

Triclocarban: a disinfectant found in antibacterial soaps.

SOURCE: Washington Aqueduct

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