‘Prescribing’ psychotropic medication to our rivers and estuaries

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The influence of pharmaceuticals on the environment is an increasing concern among environmental toxicologists. It is known that their growing use is leading to detectable levels in wastewater, conceivably causing harm to aquatic ecosystems. Psychotropic medication is one such group of substances, particularly affecting high-income countries. While these drugs have a clear place in therapy, there is debate around the risk/benefit ratio in patients with mild mental health problems. Therefore, it is necessary to evaluate the wider implications as risks could extend beyond the individual to non-target organisms, particularly those in rivers and estuaries.
Original languageEnglish
JournalBJPsych Bulletin
Early online date25 Sept 2018
Publication statusEarly online - 25 Sept 2018


  • Antidepressant medication
  • Anxiety
  • pharmaceutical


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