Tuesday 16 July 2019 ,
Tuesday 16 July 2019 ,
Latest News
  • 9 killed as train hits microbus in Sirajganj
  • No more unplanned construction, industrialisation: PM
  • Plan underway to air all good classes thru’ TV channel: Dipu Moni
  • PM stresses waterway connectivity with India to promote trade
  • No gas, power connection to industries set up in undesignated areas: Nasrul
  • Nusrat murder: HC orders probe against addl magistrate
17 June, 2019 00:00 00 AM

Medicine is polluting our environment: Study

drugs.com
Medicine is polluting our environment: Study

Doctors prescribe medicines to treat a disease, correct a deficiency, or prevent a condition from happening. For example, beta blockers help lower blood pressure, iron tablets correct iron deficiency, and birth control pills prevent pregnancy.

We take our prescribed medication as directed (or sometimes we don’t!) and expect it to do what it is meant to do in our body. Whether we take it or flush it down the toilet, it ends up in the sewerage system. And there is not one wastewater treatment plant in the world that can remove all of the thousands of different pharmaceuticals in use globally.

Which means that it ends up in our environment or back in our water supply. And this has experts worried because there is already evidence that medical waste is having a significant effect on a number of ecosystems.

Research has shown that environmental contamination with ethinyl estradiol, found in oral contraceptives, is associated with intersex fish (male fish that produce eggs in their testes). Residual antibiotics can encourage the growth of multi-resistant bacteria and anthelmintic residues in livestock affect Dung beetle functioning.

Diazepam has been found in the New York city’s water supply and metformin, a diabetes drug, is present in Lake Michigan. But these are not isolated events. Medicine contamination of the environment is a global….and growing…problem.

It’s time we all started putting a bit more effort into minimizing drug waste and protecting our planet. Never flush your unwanted medicines down the toilet. Instead, take advantage of National Prescription Drug Take-Back Days in your area, the next one being October 26, 2019. You could gather support from your community and lobby your local government for upgrades to your local sewerage-treatment plant to allow better pharmaceutical removal.

Ask your doctor what treatments are more environmentally friendly; countries such as Sweden grade their drugs on their environmental effects, with doctors being required to prescribe the less environmentally damaging option. Drug companies should also involve environmental scientists much earlier in the drug discovery process, to advise on how to balance efficacy with environmental concerns.

 

Comments

Most Viewed
Digital Edition
More story
Editor Speaks

Editor Speaks

Reproductive life starts at puberty with onset of adult sexual life. Reproductive health is vital issue throughout the world as it concerned with population…
Sexual and reproductive health

Sexual and reproductive health

Good sexual and reproductive health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being in all matters relating to the reproductive system.…
Sexual health issues

Sexual health issues

Sexual health is a broad area that encompasses many inter-related challenges and problems. Key among the issues and concerns are human rights related…
Infertility & reproduction health

Infertility & reproduction health

Some fertility problems are more easily treated than others. In general, as a woman ages, especially after age 35, her chances of getting pregnant go…
Reproductive health and 
environmental exposure

Reproductive health and environmental exposure

The influence of the environment on human reproduction is a concern in all countries and anxiety has been increased following disasters such as those…

Understanding Premenstrual Syndrome

Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is a condition that affects a woman’s emotions, physical health, and behavior during certain days of the menstrual cycle, generally just before her menses. PMS is a very common condition. Its symptoms affect more than 90 percent of menstruating women. It must impair…
The bamboo spine- Ankylosing spondylitis

The bamboo spine- Ankylosing spondylitis

Ankylosing Spondylitis means inflammation of the spine causing pain and stiffness of the back. When ankylosing spondylitis is not treated, it leads to…
Finger-prick blood test could help reduce antibiotic use for some patients

Finger-prick blood test could help reduce antibiotic use for some patients

A simple finger-prick blood test could help prevent unnecessary prescribing of antibiotics for people with the lung condition chronic obstructive pulmonary…
14 Natural remedies to beat insomnia

14 Natural remedies to beat insomnia

CATHY WONG Although it's common to have the occasional sleepless night, insomnia is the inability to sleep or excessive wakening in the night that…
Vaginal bacteria linked to ovarian cancer

Vaginal bacteria linked to ovarian cancer

Having too few "friendly" vaginal bacteria may increase a woman's chance of ovarian cancer, and swabs can be used to spot this, say researchers.…
For kids with rare condition, 'Restricted' diets can turn dangerous

For kids with rare condition, 'Restricted' diets can turn dangerous

Two young patients -- one 3 and the other 13 -- have a rare condition that calls for a highly restricted diet. Both have so much trouble eating that they…
Hospitalized pneumonia patients often get excess antibiotics

Hospitalized pneumonia patients often get excess antibiotics

Patients hospitalized with pneumonia often receive excess antibiotic therapy, according to a study published online July 9 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.…
Flu vaccine safe during pregnancy

Flu vaccine safe during pregnancy

Pregnant women can take comfort in new findings that suggest flu vaccines won't harm their fetuses. Canadian researchers examined data on more than…

Vyleesi bremelanotide for hypoactive sexual desire disorder

Vyleesi is a prescription medicine used to treat hypoactive (low) sexual desire disorder (HSDD) in women who have not gone through menopause, who have not had problems with low sexual desire in the past, and who have low sexual desire no matter the type of sexual activity, the situation, or the sexual…

Copyright © All right reserved.

Editor : M. Shamsur Rahman

Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

Editor : M. Shamsur Rahman
Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

Disclaimer & Privacy Policy
....................................................
About Us
....................................................
Contact Us
....................................................
Advertisement
....................................................
Subscription

Powered by : Frog Hosting