Antidepressants in U.S. Waterways Giving Fish Anxiety, Homicidal Behavior

Flowing into our rivers and streams, antidepressants from human waste is affecting fish behavior, making them anxious and anti-social.

Among the prescription drugs found in U.S. waterways, antidepressants routinely edge out all other medications discarded or excreted by an increasing percentage of Americans struggling with anxiety disorder.

New research indicates that all that foreign chemistry lining our waterways is having an adverse effect on fish behavior, plaguing them with anxiety, anti-social behavior, and homicidal tendency. The unpublished research, conducted by scientists at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, exposed trace amounts of Prozac to young, developing fathead minnows and recorded the results.

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