Drug Residue Could be Possible Pollutant for Wildlife
Published By : 13 Oct 2014 | Published By : QYRESEARCH
A seemingly major cause of the new age global crises is the flushing of potent pharmaceutical into the environment. The disposal of human and animal sewage could be more severe than what previous research had shown. Scientists now warn that the global use of drugs that are created to become active at low concentrations, is increasing at a fast rate with very little known about their effect on the environment.
A recent study has revealed that feedings in starlings have reduced due to water contamination from anti-depressants, and that fish populations in lakes have reduced due to contraceptive drugs. Such studies on the effects of pharma products on the environment and wildlife are still rare in number.
Kathryn Arnold, an editor as the University of York stated with multiple pharmaceutical drugs being consumed globally, each drug has the potential to have adverse effects on wildlife and ecosystems. After gauging the many benefits of pharmaceuticals, the companies need to deliver better scientific methods that provide estimates of the environmental risks they pose.
Kathryn also mentions that the declining number of animal species living in human-altered environments still does not have a concrete set of reasons, and that it is time to explore all the current emerging challenges such as pharmaceutical pollution.
Research had previously shown that half of Earth’s animal population has been wiped out in the past 40 years. Freshwater habitats are the most common place for drug residues to be found, and nearly 75% of fish and amphibians have been wiped out.