(Natural News) You may not actively take pharmaceuticals by choice, but you could be consuming them inadvertently through polluted water sources.
According to a new study out of Great Britain, nearly every river in the world is now heavily contaminated with pharmaceuticals, which has created a worldwide health hazard.
A team of experts from the University of York collected more than 1,000 water samples from 258 rivers in 104 countries. Practically all of them were found to contain dangerously high levels of pharmaceutical drugs. (Related: The drinking water supplies of most American cities are also contaminated with pharmaceutical drugs.)
Only two rivers in Iceland and one in Venezuela were found to be untouched by pharmaceutical pollution because nearby residents do not take drugs, the researchers found.
The largest concentrations of pharmaceutical contamination were found in Lahore, Pakistan; La Paz, Bolivia; and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The Kai Tak River in Hong Kong’s Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) was found to be the most contaminated water source of all, containing a shocking 34 different pharmaceuticals.
Some of the highest concentrations of pharmaceutical contamination were discovered in Dallas, Tex., as well as in Belgium’s capital of Brussels and all throughout Luxembourg. Amazingly, four different medications were reportedly found in Antarctica as well.
“The difficulties appear to be worse where wastewater treatment is least successful and in certain regions where pharmaceuticals are generated, according to the researchers, who collected samples from every continent,” reported Great Game India.
“They claim that the amount of drugs in rivers is a danger.”
Pharmaceutical contamination is destroying the environment and creating killer “superbugs”
Not only is Big Pharma destroying the world’s water sources, including drinking water for humans, but the highly corrupt industry is also spawning drug-resistant killer bacteria, also known as superbugs (not to mention what is happening to the aquatic life).
Infectious pathogens that were once easier to manage are now mutating out of control, thanks to the pharmaceutical industry’s constant quest for maximized profit streams.
A January 2022 study published in The Lancet found that the threat of antibiotic resistance caused by pharmaceutical exposure is both tremendous and growing.
In 2019 alone, the paper revealed, as many as five million people around the world died from antibiotic-resistant bacterial diseases, which would not necessarily have been deadly had the bacteria not been Frankensteined by constant exposure to pharmaceutical drugs.
The World Health Organization (WHO) warns that antimicrobial resistance is now one of the top ten worldwide public health challenges. Misuse and overuse of pharmaceuticals, as well as persistent pharmaceutical pollution, are among the greatest drivers of this planetary death sentence.
The World Economic Forum (WEF) put out a paper entitled, “Antimicrobial resistance and Water: The Risks and Costs for Economies and Societies” that says antibiotic resistance will kill up to 10 million people per year by 2050.
Interestingly, the highest occurrence of drug-resistant bacteria, according to the Lancet study, is in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, which the York University study found also have the highest levels of pharmaceutical pollution. This is not a coincidence.
“According to the York study, the highest degree of antibiotic contamination was found in a river in Bangladesh, where metronidazole levels were 300 times higher than the permissible limit,” Great Game India explains.
“The antibiotic ciprofloxacin was found in excess of permissible amounts in 64 rivers.”
As for the world’s water sources, not only are they becoming undrinkable because of all the pharmaceutical contamination, but the lifeforms that once occupied them, including fish that people eat for sustenance, are dying.
The solution, of course, is to end Big Pharma’s rampant destruction of the world with its pharmakeia poisons. Instead, the world’s architects are trying to concoct expensive new wastewater treatment solutions to somehow filter out all the contamination.
The latest news about the pharmaceutical industry can be found at BigPharmaNews.com.
Sources for this article include: