Antidepressants found in fish living near Hamilton wastewater plant


A team of researchers found several commonly prescribed antidepressants, known as SSRIs, in the blood plasma of fish from various sites in Cootes Paradise, a wetland on the west side of Hamilton Harbour.

Residue from antidepressant drugs flowing through the Dundas Wastewater Treatment Plant into Cootes Paradise is showing up in fish and apparently making them more vulnerable to predators, a new study has found.

A team of researchers with Environment and Climate Change Canada and McMaster University found fish with elevated levels of serotonin in their blood plasma were more active and willing to explore than fish kept away from waste water treatment plant discharges.

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