An enormous range of pharmaceuticals, from painkillers to chemotherapy drugs, is entering our rivers and waterways via wastewater. The concentrations are tiny, but drug pollution has had unexpected and at times devastating impacts on plants and animals. Ecotoxicologists and health experts alike are calling for a concerted effort to better understand how pharmaceuticals behave in the natural environment.
This Special Health Report program has been prepared by Corinne Podger.
This program is a repeat and was the first broadcast on 21st November 2011.
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Read the full Document Micropollutants in the aquatic environment