You may not think you’re taking any medications, but if you’re drinking water from a city water supply, you actually are ingesting trace amounts of some very common prescription drugs. Things like anti-anxiety medications and blood pressure medications are getting into water supplies because a lot of people flush unused medications down the toilet. You can also often find antibiotics in the drinking water for this same reason. Some people believe that this low level of antibiotic that so many people are taking has contributed to the rise of the ‘superbugs’ that make people very sick and are antibiotic-resistant.
Whether or not you believe that to be the case, it’s still important to be aware of the fact that you’re being exposed to medications in the drinking water that you’re getting from the tap or through the door in your refrigerator. Some people are so concerned about the possibility of this that they choose not to drink that water anymore. They buy bottled water and drink that, instead. However, there’s no guarantee that there isn’t anything in the bottled water, either. It’s a real conundrum for people who want to stay healthy and who aren’t sure what to do about the drinking water issue.
The most important thing is not to panic and blow the issue out of proportion. In other words, there are all kinds of chemicals and things in the food people eat and the water they drink. For the most part, these chemicals and other substances are in such trace amounts that they don’t cause a problem. Most people never notice them, and there aren’t any studies showing that there are significant health effects from them. If you’re concerned, though, you can buy a water filter that you use for your tap, and it can remove some of the impurities you might otherwise ingest.