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Well medicated in China: 68 different antibiotics in their water
05-12-2014, 05:02 PM #1
Octo Mother Superior
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China's surface water was found to contain 68 kinds of antibiotics with much higher concentrations than in water of developed countries, according to a report by the Chinese Science Bulletin, an academic journal.

Another 90 kinds of non-antibiotic medical ingredients were also detected, according to the report released last week.

In some rivers, every liter of sample water was found to have several hundred nanograms of antibiotics, compared with less than 20 nanograms in water of developed countries.

The main sources of PPCPs are sewage plants, livestock waste water, pharmaceutical manufacturers, hospitals and cropland.

Official figures showed 70 percent of China's drugs are antibiotics, compared with 30 percent in Western countries.

Of all the antibiotics taken, only 20 percent is absorbed by humans. The rest is excreted and is a threat to nature, said Prof. Yu Feng with China Pharmaceutical University in Nanjing, capital of east China's Jiangsu Province.

At least 15,000 tonnes of drugs expire and end up in bins every year, said Prof. Yu. "The waste, if not treated properly, often contaminates surface water."

The wide use of antibiotics in the animal husbandry industry also worsens the risk of water and soil pollution, he said.


That's how you make super resistant killer bugs. damned.gif
05-12-2014, 05:09 PM #2
UniqueStranger Art in my heart
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Well, I am worrying what goes on in my own backyard, however I hope that China and other countries will follow suit.

Quote:In a statement Friday, Canadian drug producers say they have agreed with Health Canada “to phase out uses of medically important antibiotics for growth promotion.” The phase-out is expected to take three years.

“Successful implementation of this policy means that medically important antibiotics will only be used in food animals under the direction of a veterinarian when there is a specific disease challenge,” says the Canadian Animal Health Institute, an association representing companies that supply close to 1,600 of tonnes of antibiotics a year to Canadian farmers.

The plan is to “align to the extent possible” with recent U.S. steps to curb use of growth promoters and increase veterinary oversight of the way antimicrobials are used, says Health Canada’s “notice to stakeholders,” issued Thursday.


05-12-2014, 05:10 PM #3
yankees skier
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China has become a toxic dump.

05-12-2014, 05:14 PM #4
Octo Mother Superior
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Yes it's bad in China, but unfortunately a problem in most water supplies gaah.gif
05-12-2014, 08:19 PM #5
Octo Mother Superior
Posts:40,726 Threads:1,523 Joined:Feb 2011
Cocaine use in Britain so widespread it can be found in our DRINKING WATER

Traces of cocaine can be found in our drinking water, tests have shown

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-...WATER.html

05-12-2014, 08:31 PM #6
Gumby AKA Chtumby
Posts:1,746 Threads:226 Joined:Mar 2013
Shoot, we have a problem with Meth Labs here, wonder how much of those chemicals get into out water system.

Our Local TV stations air an AD that warns people not to flush expired medicines down the toilet, they set up a 'Turn in' station at the Police dept. If they went to this much trouble you know its worse than what we are being told.


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05-12-2014, 08:41 PM #7
Octo Mother Superior
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Oh absolutely. Pharmacies are required to take back all expired meds or whatever hazardous medical stuff you may have. I broke a mercury thermometer many years back and they took care of it. I had contained in a glass jar. It's no hassle to bring a bag of old meds to the pharmacy so I think that's a good idea, but then it's been done for years so people are accustomed to it. There's probably still some people dumping it down the toilet 13.gif

Probably a bit more difficult with the drugs
05-13-2014, 02:52 AM #8
Octo Mother Superior
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Maybe you can buy some London water on ebay chuckle.gif
05-13-2014, 11:47 AM #9
Accidental Stoner Member
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The Chinese Communist Party always showed almost
total disregard for ecology and environmental issues.

Coming back to bite their ass.
Parts of the country will be inhabitable before this is over...



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