A new research study has revealed low levels of numerous medicines including carcinogenic chemicals and mercury in oysters that grow in Oregon bays. Other medicines found include antibiotics, antihistamines and pain relievers. Elise Granek, Associate Professor of environmental science and management at POrtland State University is a coauthor of the study published in the Journal Science of the Total Environment.
The pharmaceuticals and chemicals enter the bay through groundwater runoff and wastewater that is discharged to inland rivers ending up in the ocean. Some of the antibiotics found included azithromycin. Also found were ibuprofen and naproxen.
Many medical studies have shown that antibiotics can be endocrine disruptors.
Federal and state governments are concerned about the results of their own tests on drinking water,
Jeffrey Newman represents whistleblowers.