Washing Away the Drugs in Our Global Waters: A Multi-Pronged Approach
People worldwide are living longer than ever before, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Much of this increased longevity is due to improvements in the medical field, as advanced diagnostic techniques, surgical procedures, and pharmaceuticals have led to amazing improvements in overall health. But this progress is not without its own problems.
The copious supply of pharmaceuticals assist people with myriad health issues, but these products are also having an adverse impact on the environment.
Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients and How to Reduce Them:
The active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) of drugs are widely found in global water bodies. While some APIs degrade quickly, many are hard to remove from the environment. Thus, there is a growing concern that unintentional exposure to APIs can cause harm to living things, including people.