Anti-Anxiety Meds We’re Flushing Down the Toilet Could Be Increasing the Lifespan of Fish

But the thing is, as much as we like to complain about pollutants that kill fish, pollutants that extend their lives are just as problematic. Even if the perch are coming out ahead, there’s no telling what effect the drugs could be having on other species. And as co-author Tomas Brodin noted, ”a therapeutic effect leading to increased survival of one species may generate a proportional increase in mortality of that species’ prey, which may have cascading ecological consequences that need consideration.” Mess with one part of a complex food chain, and consequences can arise in unexpected ways.

Source: www.alternet.org

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