Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Montreal: fish on antidepressants

Traces of antidepressants were found in the bodies of fish from the city of Montreal, Canada. These would come from the evacuation of drugs and chemicals through waterways.
Research conducted by Dr Sébastien Sauvé and a team from the University of Montreal showed the presence of Prozac in fish tissue of the city. The presence of the antidepressant in these animals could be explained by the fact that 25% of Montrealers are taking antidepressant medication that was then found in wastewater discharged into the St. Lawrence without being disinfected.
Thus, researchers are now trying to determine what effect on the brain of fish may have antidepressants in the water while Dr. Sauvé, cited by 20minutes.fr said: "We know the negative effects of antidepressants on humans but we do not know exactly how fish are affected. And beyond that, we do not know the effects on the ecosystem of the St. Lawrence River. The team of scientists based elsewhere, to send to measure the effects of serum therapy on the brain of fish on a long-term exposure to contamination rather than strong and timely, says Green and Green. The presence of antidepressants in the waters of Montreal would have no effect on humans.

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