Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

More Research Needed On Drugs in Rivers.(Editorial Page)

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Scientists have found residues of prescription drugs in two rivers in New Mexico.

It may sound alarming, but the levels are extremely minute. Still, it is not something to brush off as another demonstration of how the technology of chemical analysis has progressed, either.

Estrogen-type drugs, found in birth-control and other pills, were detected in the San Juan River near Bloomfield. Pain relievers and seizure-controlling drugs were detected in treated waste water flowing into the Rio Grande at Espanola.

This does not say anything about the two communities, it's just where the water samples were taken. Dennis McQuillan of the state Environment Department said, "We know they're probably coming out of the pipe at every sewage treatment plant. …

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