Psychiatric medications in water supply linked to autism

Bloomberg News reports, “Fish exposed to psychiatric medicines [fluoxetine, venlafaxine, carbamazepine] in water showed gene patterns similar to those found in people with autism,” according to a study published in the journal PLoS ONE.

Author Michael Thomas of the Idaho State University in Pocatello, said that “the findings suggest that small amounts of psychiatric medications found in the drinking supply may be a cause of autism.”

He noted that “concentrations of the drugs are found downstream from water treatment plants that process human waste that contains the medicines.”

It was noted that the study used higher concentrations of the medications than are found in water supplies.

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