Too Much Prozac Turns Minnows Into Killers

Too Much Prozac Turns Minnows Into Killers

ABC News tells us about recent research on environmental exposure to drugs.

Fathead minnows, a common fish found throughout the Midwest, were subjected to traces of Prozac by a research group at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. The result? The fish became edgy, aggressive and some even killed their mates.

Changes in the minnows’ behavior were seen in as low concentrations as 1 microgram per liter, equal to a single dose of Prozac dissolved in over 5,000 gallons of water. Water treatment centers are unable to completely filter out all of the contaminants excreted in human urine, so those contaminants can trickle down and affect the wildlife.

If fish become killers on Prozac, imagine what that psychiatric drug is doing to humans.

On October 15, 2004 the FDA ordered pharmaceutical companies to add a “black box” warning to all antidepressants because the drugs could cause suicidal thoughts and actions in children and teenagers. Fish were not mentioned at the time.

Many other side effects of Prozac in people have been documented, such as hallucinations, hostility, mood swings, panic attacks, paranoia, psychotic episodes, seizures, violent behavior, and withdrawal symptoms.

Would you want your fish, or your children, to be taking Prozac?

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