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Psych Drugs Dosing Fish

In recent years, scientists and environmentalists have grown increasingly concerned over the levels of pharmaceuticals reaching our waterways, and it appears they have cause to be. Captive perchexposed to the tranquilizing drug oxazepam at levels equivalent to those found in rivers and streams ate faster, were less social, and were bolder than those whose tanks were not dosed. These behavioral changes occurred when the fish were exposed to just one drug. Thus, it would stand to reason that even greater behavioral changes are occurring in wild fish, which are constantly exposed a slew of pharmaceuticals. More… Discuss