Humans are dosing Earth’s waterways with medicines. It isn’t healthy.

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By Malavika Vyawahare In 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic consumed humanity’s attention, our species ran through 4.5 trillion doses of myriad pharmaceuticals. In India alone, one drug, paracetamol — a pain reliever used to treat some COVID-19 symptoms — saw sales top 3.5 billion pills through 2021. This occurred even as the pandemic pushed big pharma into overdrive, with companies racing to develop and hit the market with successful vaccines, dispensing more than 12.6 billion doses in record time. But long before COVID-19 struck, new and existing medicinal drugs were being churned out at a crack…

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