Trickle Down Poisoning- How Prozac is changing the physical and behavioral health of fish

leafInteresting storyline right?  Truth really is stranger than fiction.  I used to manage a program for people with psychiatric conditions and the standard operating procedure was to dump unused medications down the toilet as a quality measure.  Two people had to be present when this happened to make sure these powerful drugs weren’t stolen and inappropriately used or sold on the street.

Fluoxedine (trade name Prozac) is a common name these days and although a lot of research has been completed to understand its effect on humans, little research has been done to understand its effect on marine life. According to a new study, there is growing evidence that Fluoxedine has a toxic effect on fish, changing their behaviors making them weaker and less likely to survive or reproduce.

Fluoxetine, is used to treat depression and anxiety, is the third most prescribed drug in the U.S., with about 28 million prescriptions annually!! The drug is frequently found in waterways by way of people excreting the drug or flushing pills.

Think about all the drugs going into our waterways and you can understand why there is so much toxicity and disease on our planet right now. Trickle Down Poisoning is another way of framing the importance of environmental health vigilance to protect the earth and the living things that reside here. Even if you do not take Prozac, if you eat fish, take fish supplements and/or drink tap water, you may just as well be.  THERE IS NO LOCAL ECOSYSTEM!!

The question remains…..how are we going to change this now that Prozac (and so many other pharmaceuticals and chemicals) are present in our world???

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