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Bacteria may reduce impact of Valium in UK rivers

from Science 2.0

Valium, or diazepam, and similar medicines degrade naturally in the environment but it takes time, and until it happens there is concern about the freshwater environment. Bacterial breakdown may give it a boost, a team of researchers has said. Diazepam, used to treat anxiety and other similar conditions, has been detected in rivers across the U.K. and Europe. At the levels recorded, there is concern it may have the potential to produce harmful ecological effects in surface waters, including changing the behavior of fish shoals and their ability to sense danger from predators. more

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