Large quantities of antidepressants are building up in the brains of various fish in the Great Lakes region, scientists warn.
Strong antidepressants, prescribed to humans, have been found in the brains of bass, walleye and several other fish, according to a new study that found high concentrations of these drugs in 10 fish species in the Niagara River.
Phys.org reports: This vital conduit connects two of the Great Lakes, Lake Erie and Lake Ontario, via Niagara Falls. The discovery of antidepressants in aquatic life in the river raises serious environmental concerns, says lead scientist Diana Aga, PhD, the Henry M. Woodburn Professor of Chemistry in the University at Buffalo College of Arts and Sciences.
“These active ingredients from antidepressants, which are coming out from wastewater treatment plants, are accumulating in fish brains,” Aga says. “It is a threat to biodiversity, and we should be very concerned.
“These drugs could affect…
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