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Prawns on prozac: Libdem MP raises issue

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Libdem MEP raises issue of antidepressants in the environment as well as increased prescriptions of antidepressants based on research by Alex Ford

Period17 Sep 2010


TitleIs our waste killing the environment?
Degree of recognitionInternational
Media typeWeb
CountryUnited Kingdom
DescriptionResearch done at Portsmouth University has shed further light on the damaging impact of pollution on ecosystems and natural habitats.

According to Alex Ford, rising levels of antidepressants in coastal waters could change sea-life behaviour and potentially damage the food-chain. His research into the behaviour of shrimps exposed to the antidepressant fluoxetine, showed they are five times more likely to swim toward the light instead of away from it - making them more likely to be eaten by fish or birds, which could have devastating effects on the shrimp population.
PersonsAlex Ford

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