Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Drugs Found Again in Rivers.(New Mexico)

Byline: Tania Soussan Journal Staff Writer

No Human Risk Seen, Officials Say

State environment officials have new evidence that prescription drug residues are getting into rivers around New Mexico.

Initial tests last summer turned up traces of some drugs. A second round of water tests uncovered caffeine and residues from anti-depressants and painkillers in samples from around the state.

That sounds bad, but the results could have been much worse, said Dennis McQuillan of the New Mexico Environment Department.

"We really didn't see the magnitude of the drugs that Europeans have seen," he said.

Germany, Britain and other countries have been studying the problem of pharmaceutical residues in water for years, but the issue is just gaining widespread attention in the United States. …

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