Allright.. I'm scooting out to head home early today. That head cold I'm nursing was getting better (with Saturday being the worst of the days) but now it's just sort of in a holding pattern. I need some good sleep or something to try and break through it.
I am going to give you a wealth of information on the water story.. as much as I have anyway.
First, what to do with old medicines!!
Second.. the, "But, wait.. Bull Run water is so clean, how can it have medicines in it?"
Well, I don't know that Bull Run does. That's why I didn't say it. All I do know is that AP says it tested drinking water for major municipalities including Portland.. and found those drugs. And the Portland Water Bureau does pull off a well to supplement Bull Run, so for all I know maybe that's when the AP tested, but that's wild speculation on my part so it's dangerous to make that connection.
I will leave you with the full writethru that lists every city and how the AP worded its results.
BC-PharmaWater-Metros-A to Z,0713
Pharmaceuticals found in drinking water of 24 major metro areas, 34
say no testing
Eds: A list of major metropolitan areas and test results, in
alphabetical order. This item moved previously as an advance and is
now available for use.
With BC-PharmaWater I
By The Associated Press
At least one pharmaceutical was detected in tests of treated
drinking water supplies for 24 major metropolitan areas, according
to an Associated Press survey of 62 major water providers and data
obtained from independent researchers.
Only 28 tested drinking water. Three of those said results were
negative; Dallas says tests were conducted but results are not yet
available. Thirty-four locations said no testing was conducted.
Test protocols varied widely. Some researchers looked only for
one pharmaceutical or two; others looked for many.
Some water systems said tests had been negative, but the AP
found independent research showing otherwise. Both prescription and
non-prescription drugs were detected.
Because coffee and tobacco are so widely used, researchers say
their byproducts are good indicators of the presence of
pharmaceuticals. Thus, they routinely test for, and often find,
both caffeine and nicotine's metabolite cotinine more frequently
than other drugs.
Here's the list of metropolitan areas, with the number of
pharmaceuticals detected and some examples of specific drugs that
were found, or where tests were negative, not conducted or awaiting
Albuquerque, N.M.: tests negative
Arlington, Texas: 1 (unspecified pharmaceutical)
Atlanta: 3 (acetaminophen, caffeine and cotinine)
Austin, Texas: tests negative
Baltimore: no testing
Birmingham, Ala.: no testing
Boston: no testing
Charlotte, N.C.: no testing
Chicago: no testing
Cincinnati: 1 (caffeine)
Cleveland: no testing
Colorado Springs, Colo.: no testing
Columbus, Ohio: 5 (azithromycin, roxithromycin, tylosin,
virginiamycin and caffeine)
Concord, Calif.: 2 (meprobamate and sulfamethoxazole)
Dallas: results pending
Denver: (unspecified antibiotics)
Detroit: (unspecified drugs)
El Paso, Texas: no testing
Fairfax, Va.: no testing
Fort Worth, Texas: no testing
Fresno, Calif.: no testing
Honolulu: no testing
Houston: no testing
Indianapolis: 1 (caffeine)
Jacksonville, Fla.: no testing
Kansas City, Mo.: no testing
Las Vegas: 3 (carbamazepine, meprobamate and phenytoin)
Long Beach, Calif.: 2 (meprobamate and phenytoin)
Los Angeles: 2 (meprobamate and phenytoin)
Louisville, Ky.: 3 (caffeine, carbamazepine and phenytoin)
Memphis, Tenn.: no testing
Mesa, Ariz.: no testing
Miami: no testing
Milwaukee: 1 (cotinine)
Minneapolis: 1 (caffeine)
Nashville, Tenn.: no testing
New Orleans: 3 (clofibric acid, estrone and naproxen)
New York City: no testing
Northern New Jersey: 7 (caffeine, carbamazepine, codeine,
cotinine, dehydronifedipine, diphenhydramine and sulfathiazole)
Oakland, Calif.: no testing
Oklahoma City: no testing
Omaha, Neb.: no testing
Orlando, Fla.: no testing
Philadelphia: 56 (including amoxicillin, azithromycin,
carbamazepine, diclofenac, prednisone and tetracycline)
Phoenix: no testing
Portland, Ore.: 4 (acetaminophen, caffeine, ibuprofen and
Prince George's and Montgomery counties, Md.: no testing
Riverside County, Calif.: 2 (meprobamate and phenytoin)
Sacramento, Calif.: no testing
San Antonio: no testing
San Diego: 3 (ibuprofen, meprobamate and phenytoin)
San Francisco: 1 (estradiol)
San Jose, Calif.: no testing
Santa Clara, Calif.: no testing
Seattle: no testing
Southern California: 2 (meprobamate and phenytoin)
Suffolk County, N.Y.: no testing
Tucson, Ariz.: 3 (carbamazepine, dehydronifedipine and
Tulsa, Okla.: no testing
Virginia Beach, Va.: tests negative
Washington, D.C.: 6 (carbamazepine, caffeine, ibuprofen,
monensin, naproxen and sulfamethoxazole)
Wichita, Kan.: no testing.
(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
I did email the AP to see about getting full testing data, out of curiosity. I'll keep you posted if something comes of it. And, I will say this. Bull Run water is clean. No doubt about it. I was bummed when we didn't win that Today show "Who has the best tasting water" story they did.
It's also true that very few places have ever even thought to test for medicines in water. The bottom line is.. for a lot of places in America.. drugs ARE in our water.... in tiny, tiny amounts. The question is: does it impact our health??
PS. I got like 3 emails on this within, like, 5 minutes of each other... and no where near when the story aired. Made me smile.