The anti-depressant drug Prozac is being taken in such large quantities in Britain that it has entered water supplies.
Experts from the Environmental Agency are calling for an immediate investigation after it emerged that quantities of the medication were found in rivers and groundwater used for drinking supplies.
The government’s environmental watchdog has met officials from leading pharmaceutical companies to discover whether traces of the drug could have an impact on the nation’s health or the ecosystem.
A recent report by the Environmental Agency concluded the Prozac, dubbed the “happy pill” in the United States where it is hugely popular for its mood-lifting qualities, could be potentially toxic. It also branded its presence a “potential concern”.
Experts have also voiced concerns that the drug, which they believe has found its way into the water system from treated sewage water, could seriously damage the human reproductive system.