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Antidepressants Found in Fish Brains


Drugged-up fish are littering American waters

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The drugs found are present in Prozac, Zoloft, and others.

According to a study published in Environmental Science & Technology, there has been a concerning increase in the amount of anti-depressant medications flooding the brains of fish. The schools of seafood studied were roamers from the Great Lakes found in the Niagara River; medications such as Zoloft and Prozac were confirmed to be part of these fish’s diets, though the source has yet to be confirmed.

The fish affected with happy pills included smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, rudd, rock bass, white bass, white perch, steelhead, and more — many of which Americans consume regularly.

The study’s authors don’t consider the elevated chemical levels dangerous for human consumers, but Diana Aga, Ph.D, a professor at the University at Buffalo and one of the study’s lead authors, added in a press release from the university that “it is a threat to biodiversity, and we should be very concerned.”

The health impacts of antidepressant chemicals on these animals remain unknown. What is known is that these fish brains are swimming in prescription-grade drugs — drugs that, in such high doses, are likely to influence the behavior of entire species. This has the potential to influence their mating habits, position in the food chain, and success in a changing freshwater ecosystem. “Antidepressants can affect the feeding behavior of fish or their survival instinct,” Aga explained.

The antidepressants are (surprise, surprise) coming from human wastewater. How we will work to eradicate these chemicals from our neighboring ecosystems has yet to be determined, meaning this might be another reason to avoid supermarket seafood.


Antidepressants detected in fish brains in Great Lakes

High levels of human antidepressants were found in the brain tissue of 10 different fish species in the Great Lakes area, scientists say.

The drugs, detected in a study conducted by chemists at the University at Buffalo, leak into rivers and lakes from waste treatment plants and sewage overflows, and could be a threat to aquatic life, scientists say.

As consumption of the drugs increase, antidepressant molecules are being leaked into the wild. The fish tested in the study, caught from the Niagara River, were found to have several different types of antidepressants in their brain tissue, including the active ingredients in Prozac, Zoloft and Sarafem.

The levels of pharmaceuticals detected in the fish is alarming, said Diana Aga, a lead scientist of the study and University at Buffalo professor of chemistry, adding that it could be a threat to biodiversity.

The researchers said the problem could be greatly reduced by improving outdated technology in sewage treatment plants.

"These plants are focused on removing nitrogen, phosphorus, and dissolved organic carbon but there are so many other chemicals that are not prioritized that impact our environment," Aga said. "As a result, wildlife is exposed to all of these chemicals. Fish are receiving this cocktail of drugs 24 hours a day, and we are now finding these drugs in their brain."

Accidents where untreated sewage ends up in natural waterways are making matters worse. In August, The Buffalo News reported that since May 2017, an estimated 500 million gallons of sewage and storm water had flowed into local waterways, including the Niagara River.

The researchers have said they don’t yet have a full understanding of the drugs’ effects on the fish. They say it’s possible fish behavior could be affected, including feeding and survival instincts.


Antidepressants detected in fish brains in Great Lakes

High levels of human antidepressants were found in the brain tissue of 10 different fish species in the Great Lakes area, scientists say.

The drugs, detected in a study conducted by chemists at the University at Buffalo, leak into rivers and lakes from waste treatment plants and sewage overflows, and could be a threat to aquatic life, scientists say.

As consumption of the drugs increase, antidepressant molecules are being leaked into the wild. The fish tested in the study, caught from the Niagara River, were found to have several different types of antidepressants in their brain tissue, including the active ingredients in Prozac, Zoloft and Sarafem.

The levels of pharmaceuticals detected in the fish is alarming, said Diana Aga, a lead scientist of the study and University at Buffalo professor of chemistry, adding that it could be a threat to biodiversity.

The researchers said the problem could be greatly reduced by improving outdated technology in sewage treatment plants.

"These plants are focused on removing nitrogen, phosphorus, and dissolved organic carbon but there are so many other chemicals that are not prioritized that impact our environment," Aga said. "As a result, wildlife is exposed to all of these chemicals. Fish are receiving this cocktail of drugs 24 hours a day, and we are now finding these drugs in their brain."

Accidents where untreated sewage ends up in natural waterways are making matters worse. In August, The Buffalo News reported that since May 2017, an estimated 500 million gallons of sewage and storm water had flowed into local waterways, including the Niagara River.

The researchers have said they don’t yet have a full understanding of the drugs’ effects on the fish. They say it’s possible fish behavior could be affected, including feeding and survival instincts.


Antidepressants detected in fish brains in Great Lakes

High levels of human antidepressants were found in the brain tissue of 10 different fish species in the Great Lakes area, scientists say.

The drugs, detected in a study conducted by chemists at the University at Buffalo, leak into rivers and lakes from waste treatment plants and sewage overflows, and could be a threat to aquatic life, scientists say.

As consumption of the drugs increase, antidepressant molecules are being leaked into the wild. The fish tested in the study, caught from the Niagara River, were found to have several different types of antidepressants in their brain tissue, including the active ingredients in Prozac, Zoloft and Sarafem.

The levels of pharmaceuticals detected in the fish is alarming, said Diana Aga, a lead scientist of the study and University at Buffalo professor of chemistry, adding that it could be a threat to biodiversity.

The researchers said the problem could be greatly reduced by improving outdated technology in sewage treatment plants.

"These plants are focused on removing nitrogen, phosphorus, and dissolved organic carbon but there are so many other chemicals that are not prioritized that impact our environment," Aga said. "As a result, wildlife is exposed to all of these chemicals. Fish are receiving this cocktail of drugs 24 hours a day, and we are now finding these drugs in their brain."

Accidents where untreated sewage ends up in natural waterways are making matters worse. In August, The Buffalo News reported that since May 2017, an estimated 500 million gallons of sewage and storm water had flowed into local waterways, including the Niagara River.

The researchers have said they don’t yet have a full understanding of the drugs’ effects on the fish. They say it’s possible fish behavior could be affected, including feeding and survival instincts.


Antidepressants detected in fish brains in Great Lakes

High levels of human antidepressants were found in the brain tissue of 10 different fish species in the Great Lakes area, scientists say.

The drugs, detected in a study conducted by chemists at the University at Buffalo, leak into rivers and lakes from waste treatment plants and sewage overflows, and could be a threat to aquatic life, scientists say.

As consumption of the drugs increase, antidepressant molecules are being leaked into the wild. The fish tested in the study, caught from the Niagara River, were found to have several different types of antidepressants in their brain tissue, including the active ingredients in Prozac, Zoloft and Sarafem.

The levels of pharmaceuticals detected in the fish is alarming, said Diana Aga, a lead scientist of the study and University at Buffalo professor of chemistry, adding that it could be a threat to biodiversity.

The researchers said the problem could be greatly reduced by improving outdated technology in sewage treatment plants.

"These plants are focused on removing nitrogen, phosphorus, and dissolved organic carbon but there are so many other chemicals that are not prioritized that impact our environment," Aga said. "As a result, wildlife is exposed to all of these chemicals. Fish are receiving this cocktail of drugs 24 hours a day, and we are now finding these drugs in their brain."

Accidents where untreated sewage ends up in natural waterways are making matters worse. In August, The Buffalo News reported that since May 2017, an estimated 500 million gallons of sewage and storm water had flowed into local waterways, including the Niagara River.

The researchers have said they don’t yet have a full understanding of the drugs’ effects on the fish. They say it’s possible fish behavior could be affected, including feeding and survival instincts.


Antidepressants detected in fish brains in Great Lakes

High levels of human antidepressants were found in the brain tissue of 10 different fish species in the Great Lakes area, scientists say.

The drugs, detected in a study conducted by chemists at the University at Buffalo, leak into rivers and lakes from waste treatment plants and sewage overflows, and could be a threat to aquatic life, scientists say.

As consumption of the drugs increase, antidepressant molecules are being leaked into the wild. The fish tested in the study, caught from the Niagara River, were found to have several different types of antidepressants in their brain tissue, including the active ingredients in Prozac, Zoloft and Sarafem.

The levels of pharmaceuticals detected in the fish is alarming, said Diana Aga, a lead scientist of the study and University at Buffalo professor of chemistry, adding that it could be a threat to biodiversity.

The researchers said the problem could be greatly reduced by improving outdated technology in sewage treatment plants.

"These plants are focused on removing nitrogen, phosphorus, and dissolved organic carbon but there are so many other chemicals that are not prioritized that impact our environment," Aga said. "As a result, wildlife is exposed to all of these chemicals. Fish are receiving this cocktail of drugs 24 hours a day, and we are now finding these drugs in their brain."

Accidents where untreated sewage ends up in natural waterways are making matters worse. In August, The Buffalo News reported that since May 2017, an estimated 500 million gallons of sewage and storm water had flowed into local waterways, including the Niagara River.

The researchers have said they don’t yet have a full understanding of the drugs’ effects on the fish. They say it’s possible fish behavior could be affected, including feeding and survival instincts.


Antidepressants detected in fish brains in Great Lakes

High levels of human antidepressants were found in the brain tissue of 10 different fish species in the Great Lakes area, scientists say.

The drugs, detected in a study conducted by chemists at the University at Buffalo, leak into rivers and lakes from waste treatment plants and sewage overflows, and could be a threat to aquatic life, scientists say.

As consumption of the drugs increase, antidepressant molecules are being leaked into the wild. The fish tested in the study, caught from the Niagara River, were found to have several different types of antidepressants in their brain tissue, including the active ingredients in Prozac, Zoloft and Sarafem.

The levels of pharmaceuticals detected in the fish is alarming, said Diana Aga, a lead scientist of the study and University at Buffalo professor of chemistry, adding that it could be a threat to biodiversity.

The researchers said the problem could be greatly reduced by improving outdated technology in sewage treatment plants.

"These plants are focused on removing nitrogen, phosphorus, and dissolved organic carbon but there are so many other chemicals that are not prioritized that impact our environment," Aga said. "As a result, wildlife is exposed to all of these chemicals. Fish are receiving this cocktail of drugs 24 hours a day, and we are now finding these drugs in their brain."

Accidents where untreated sewage ends up in natural waterways are making matters worse. In August, The Buffalo News reported that since May 2017, an estimated 500 million gallons of sewage and storm water had flowed into local waterways, including the Niagara River.

The researchers have said they don’t yet have a full understanding of the drugs’ effects on the fish. They say it’s possible fish behavior could be affected, including feeding and survival instincts.


Antidepressants detected in fish brains in Great Lakes

High levels of human antidepressants were found in the brain tissue of 10 different fish species in the Great Lakes area, scientists say.

The drugs, detected in a study conducted by chemists at the University at Buffalo, leak into rivers and lakes from waste treatment plants and sewage overflows, and could be a threat to aquatic life, scientists say.

As consumption of the drugs increase, antidepressant molecules are being leaked into the wild. The fish tested in the study, caught from the Niagara River, were found to have several different types of antidepressants in their brain tissue, including the active ingredients in Prozac, Zoloft and Sarafem.

The levels of pharmaceuticals detected in the fish is alarming, said Diana Aga, a lead scientist of the study and University at Buffalo professor of chemistry, adding that it could be a threat to biodiversity.

The researchers said the problem could be greatly reduced by improving outdated technology in sewage treatment plants.

"These plants are focused on removing nitrogen, phosphorus, and dissolved organic carbon but there are so many other chemicals that are not prioritized that impact our environment," Aga said. "As a result, wildlife is exposed to all of these chemicals. Fish are receiving this cocktail of drugs 24 hours a day, and we are now finding these drugs in their brain."

Accidents where untreated sewage ends up in natural waterways are making matters worse. In August, The Buffalo News reported that since May 2017, an estimated 500 million gallons of sewage and storm water had flowed into local waterways, including the Niagara River.

The researchers have said they don’t yet have a full understanding of the drugs’ effects on the fish. They say it’s possible fish behavior could be affected, including feeding and survival instincts.


Antidepressants detected in fish brains in Great Lakes

High levels of human antidepressants were found in the brain tissue of 10 different fish species in the Great Lakes area, scientists say.

The drugs, detected in a study conducted by chemists at the University at Buffalo, leak into rivers and lakes from waste treatment plants and sewage overflows, and could be a threat to aquatic life, scientists say.

As consumption of the drugs increase, antidepressant molecules are being leaked into the wild. The fish tested in the study, caught from the Niagara River, were found to have several different types of antidepressants in their brain tissue, including the active ingredients in Prozac, Zoloft and Sarafem.

The levels of pharmaceuticals detected in the fish is alarming, said Diana Aga, a lead scientist of the study and University at Buffalo professor of chemistry, adding that it could be a threat to biodiversity.

The researchers said the problem could be greatly reduced by improving outdated technology in sewage treatment plants.

"These plants are focused on removing nitrogen, phosphorus, and dissolved organic carbon but there are so many other chemicals that are not prioritized that impact our environment," Aga said. "As a result, wildlife is exposed to all of these chemicals. Fish are receiving this cocktail of drugs 24 hours a day, and we are now finding these drugs in their brain."

Accidents where untreated sewage ends up in natural waterways are making matters worse. In August, The Buffalo News reported that since May 2017, an estimated 500 million gallons of sewage and storm water had flowed into local waterways, including the Niagara River.

The researchers have said they don’t yet have a full understanding of the drugs’ effects on the fish. They say it’s possible fish behavior could be affected, including feeding and survival instincts.


Antidepressants detected in fish brains in Great Lakes

High levels of human antidepressants were found in the brain tissue of 10 different fish species in the Great Lakes area, scientists say.

The drugs, detected in a study conducted by chemists at the University at Buffalo, leak into rivers and lakes from waste treatment plants and sewage overflows, and could be a threat to aquatic life, scientists say.

As consumption of the drugs increase, antidepressant molecules are being leaked into the wild. The fish tested in the study, caught from the Niagara River, were found to have several different types of antidepressants in their brain tissue, including the active ingredients in Prozac, Zoloft and Sarafem.

The levels of pharmaceuticals detected in the fish is alarming, said Diana Aga, a lead scientist of the study and University at Buffalo professor of chemistry, adding that it could be a threat to biodiversity.

The researchers said the problem could be greatly reduced by improving outdated technology in sewage treatment plants.

"These plants are focused on removing nitrogen, phosphorus, and dissolved organic carbon but there are so many other chemicals that are not prioritized that impact our environment," Aga said. "As a result, wildlife is exposed to all of these chemicals. Fish are receiving this cocktail of drugs 24 hours a day, and we are now finding these drugs in their brain."

Accidents where untreated sewage ends up in natural waterways are making matters worse. In August, The Buffalo News reported that since May 2017, an estimated 500 million gallons of sewage and storm water had flowed into local waterways, including the Niagara River.

The researchers have said they don’t yet have a full understanding of the drugs’ effects on the fish. They say it’s possible fish behavior could be affected, including feeding and survival instincts.


Antidepressants detected in fish brains in Great Lakes

High levels of human antidepressants were found in the brain tissue of 10 different fish species in the Great Lakes area, scientists say.

The drugs, detected in a study conducted by chemists at the University at Buffalo, leak into rivers and lakes from waste treatment plants and sewage overflows, and could be a threat to aquatic life, scientists say.

As consumption of the drugs increase, antidepressant molecules are being leaked into the wild. The fish tested in the study, caught from the Niagara River, were found to have several different types of antidepressants in their brain tissue, including the active ingredients in Prozac, Zoloft and Sarafem.

The levels of pharmaceuticals detected in the fish is alarming, said Diana Aga, a lead scientist of the study and University at Buffalo professor of chemistry, adding that it could be a threat to biodiversity.

The researchers said the problem could be greatly reduced by improving outdated technology in sewage treatment plants.

"These plants are focused on removing nitrogen, phosphorus, and dissolved organic carbon but there are so many other chemicals that are not prioritized that impact our environment," Aga said. "As a result, wildlife is exposed to all of these chemicals. Fish are receiving this cocktail of drugs 24 hours a day, and we are now finding these drugs in their brain."

Accidents where untreated sewage ends up in natural waterways are making matters worse. In August, The Buffalo News reported that since May 2017, an estimated 500 million gallons of sewage and storm water had flowed into local waterways, including the Niagara River.

The researchers have said they don’t yet have a full understanding of the drugs’ effects on the fish. They say it’s possible fish behavior could be affected, including feeding and survival instincts.


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