Antidepressants disrupt fish's brains
from Planet Earth Online
Drugs designed to ease the symptoms of mental health problems such as depression, obsessive compulsive disorder and post-traumatic stress can have major disruptive effects on aquatic animals' brains, say scientists. Antidepressants are some of the most commonly prescribed drugs in the world. In 2012, there were more than 50 million prescriptions of the drugs in the U.K., and in some towns and cities as many as one in six of us are taking them. In recent years, researchers have found increasing concentrations of the drugs in rivers around the world.
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