By Sara Jerome
Excerpt: Researchers say private well testing in Cape Cod shows the presence of dozens of pharmaceuticals.
Investigators from the Silent Spring Institute “found 27 unregulated contaminants, including a dozen different pharmaceuticals, a variety of chemicals used in non-stick coatings, flame retardants, and an artificial sweetener,” according to the institute. The findings were published last month in the journal Science of the Total Environment.
Pharmaceuticals were found in two-thirds of the wells. “Sulfamethoxazole, an antibiotic used to treat urinary tract infections, and carbamazepine, a drug used to treat seizures, nerve pain, and bipolar disorder, were among the most common pharmaceuticals detected,” the institute said.
The concentrations were below prescribable doses, but the findings still raise concerns, according to Laurel Schaider, lead author of the study.