Alarm bells are ringing in Montreal, Canada it seems.
St. Lawrence River fish have been found to be loaded with Prozac and other antidepressant drugs.
One would think that anglers with nothing better to do had been experimenting using Prozac as bait to satisfy their need to hook their catch [pun intended]
Maybe pharmaceutical companies are carrying out a huge benefit/risk assessment on the little fishies in St Lawrence river, that would be absurd, right?
The Montreal Gazette writes:
Researchers at the Université de Montréal and Environment Canada have discovered large quantities of antidepressants in the liver, muscle and brain tissues of brook trout exposed to three months of various levels of treated effluent from Montreal's sewage treatment plant.
According to the peer-reviewed study, published this week in the journal Chemosphere, most of the drug was found in liver tissue. Slightly less was found in the brain. The least amount was found in muscle, which is the filet eaten by humans.
One can only begin to imagine how Percy the perch or Carol the carp are coping now that their waters have been invaded by levels of serotonin. And what of the pregnant fishies, maybe an increase in defective births is on the cards?
The problem stems from people flushing unwanted meds down the toilet, more worryingly it also stems from residue in human faeces as most sewage treatment plants are not equipped to deal with pharmaceutical products.
The research team found eight kinds of anti-depressants in the fish. The highest concentrations came from Prozac.
If you are a keen angler, maybe the time is right to cast your line into the St Lawrence river. Prozac and other SSRi's are inhibitors and the fish may find themselves taking risks. Who knows, there may be a suicidal hotspot beneath the water, a place where fish with suicidal ideation commit suicide by jumping out of the water...or maybe find discarded fishing line to strangulate themselves.
Beware of the Prozac induced pike, the Seroxat induced salmon or the eel doped up on Effexor.
This is one tapering program I'd just love to see in action!
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