Cocktail of drug waste lurks in SA's tap water

27 September 2015 - 02:00 By PREGA GOVENDER

Consumers are unwittingly ingesting traces of antiretrovirals, anti-epileptic drugs, antibiotics and antidepressants contained in tap water. Compounds of some of these drugs have been picked up in several studies on water sources around South Africa between 2013 and June this year.At least two of these studies have found traces of carbamazepine, an anticonvulsant also used in the treatment of bipolar disorder, as well as tramadol, codeine and morphine, commonly found in painkillers.

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