Saturday, November 12, 2011

Pharmaceuticals in Our Fish

One of my Natural Resources Law and Policy students is doing an interesting research paper on how to better control the vast quantities of pharmaceuticals making their way into our water resources. She passed along the below informative image, which depicts "the relative amounts of four pharmaceutical drugs found in fish pulled from Chicago's North Shore Channel," and includes antihistamine, antihypertensive, antidepressant, and antiseizure medications. The visual really drives home the potential threats to our fisheries and human health when we allow the drugs we use to enter our water systems.

- Blake Hudson

Drugs in Fish

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Hi Blake,
Its definitely a great visual. We've used it in discussing our research into the regulatory/statutory/policy responses to the presence of these drugs, personaql care products, and other micropollutants in the nation's fresh water systems.

Your student may have already found our work product, but just in case, please let her know about the Micropollutants Clearinghouse ( and the report: "Alternative Strategies for Managing Pharmaceutical and Personal Care Products in Water Resources", which can be downloaded at: and

In addition, the US GAO just came out with a similar study (which nicely bolsters our report) on "Action Needed to Sustain Agencies’ Collaboration on Pharmaceuticals in Drinking Water", which can be found at:

Posted by: Gabriel Eckstein | Nov 13, 2011 4:22:31 PM

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