21 thoughts on “Fish Like Drugs Too

  1. Since we are destroying the fishes’ habitat with plastics and other trash, destroying their future by ignoring climate change, then the least we can do is give them a bit of joy, yes? 🐟🐠🐡

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      • Drugs may seem like “joy” at first, but the experiment in the article suggests the fish are indeed becoming addicted. Soon there will be whole schools of junkie kippers, desperate for a fix, turning to crime, mugging divers to get cash to buy meth. The octopi will probably become dealers. They always struck me as kind of shifty.

        On the upside, from pictures I’ve seen meth seems to rot people’s teeth, so if we can just get all the sharks hooked on it…..

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  2. Well, drugs are chemicals and so of course they will affect the neurology for those affect ‘downstream’ so to speak. Of greater health concern than low level methamphetamines, I think, is the much higher levels of hormones in drinking water, produced the same way: by flushing our pee. That may even explain in part the coastal outbreaks of wokeism!

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  3. Just goes to show how closely our brains are associated with fish brains. The question is, what about the wildlife, or even the tame life, and the plant life feeding on water from those “high” rivers and streams.
    And is it just the Methamphetamines showing up? I don’t know if cocaine is still a big problem in cities like New York and San Francisco, but their sewage probably has high concentrations of Cocaine or crack. Not to mention alcohol, everywhere around the world.
    Where I live I get mostly pure water running off the mountains and glaciers west of us. It is hardly even touched by agricultural fertilizers and other chemicals. But those people living in high-population areas, what are those people, and their babies, drinking? And do you really want to know?

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  4. Nan, I guess our bodies will be filled with mercury, plastic and speed. One of the scariest thing about the movie “Dark Waters” about the chemically polluting Dupont plant making Teflon, is 97% of humans have the chemical from Teflon forever in our bodies. If you watched the movie, that is not good. Keith

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  5. This article is talking about the CZECH REPUBLIC. I would think that here in the US, we would be more concerned with legal pharmaceuticals getting into the fish … the viagra-type drugs, the ADHD-drugs, the antidepressants, the antipsychotics. Our meat is already over saturated with antibiotics so that when you get sick & your doctor prescribes one, it may not even work.

    I remember when there were factories belching filth into the water & the air EVERYWHERE. Things are better than they used to be but they are far from being perfect.

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    • Yes, the experiments were conducted there, but it indicates at the beginning of the article that illicit drug use is widespread, and the U.S. is not exempt. Of course the drugs you mentioned are probably affecting the ecology as well.

      Overall, this entire earth is being ravaged in untold ways by humans and their incessant need to “don’t worry …be happy.” 😁🎵

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    • I think things are better than they used to be largely because the industrialized world has off-shored much of the industry to China and increasingly Southeast Asia (Burma is a hot spot, caterwauling about the coup be damned). Do you think the Burmese junta cares about environmental controls?

      For example, I am sure the Pittsburg area is much cleaner than it once was. It should be, given that the steel industry is GONE and the population in the mill towns is down to a quarter of what it was.

      I am gloomy today! Mea culpa.

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    • The overt use and distribution of antibiotics is a very BIG problem. It is not just the antibiotics given to farm animals in some countries, but also the fact that in many countries a person may buy an antibiotic without doctoral prescription. That causes people to buy and eat a few pills to any mild symptoms of flu and not finnish the course – wich in turn causes the diseases to become immune to the antibiotics. We have a limited number of antibiotics and we have not invented new ones for a while. Some of them have already lost their efficiency. This is what the politicians should talk about, legistlation of all countries and the UN should be tackling with, instead of some invented problems like with immigration… The current pandemic may start to seem mild in comparrison when (and it might be soon) we run out of usable antibiotics.

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      • That horse has already left the barn. Generally, we have treated antibiotics as a convenience. Now we pay the piper. This is why we hear about rising numbers of staf and c. difficile infections, local bacterial outbreaks not just in food but especially dangerous for patients who recently spent time in hospitals. It’s hard to clean well when patients are present! So we hear about ‘superbugs’ and flesh eating bugs and drug resistant pneumonias. There is a veritable and growing host of drug resistant bacteria against which we have no real pharmacological response because the main defense has relied on the penicillin family (drugs ending with ‘illin’). And these have been far too commonly used for less than live-saving measures and that has a real cost.

        So there are two problems here: 1) over-use of antibiotics since the 1940s (giving every bacteria and fungi time to evolve) has led to reduced efficacy against mutated strains which (like the variants of concern with Covid) then spread the most, and 2) it’s not very profitable for companies to invest in seeking new antibiotics (the cost benefit ratio is very lopsided, which is why research and development by non profits like universities should be organized by various governments and run independently from pharmaceutical companies as once done).

        Our best defense against infection from all these bacteria is pretty straight-forward: from proper hygiene – like the washing of hands, washing of raw food, and cleansing of wounds quickly – to seeing and stopping cross-contamination before we allow the bugs to enter our system. Generally, we don’t need really harsh chemicals and/or a pristine environment in which to live (many of these practices are actually harmful to building up our autoimmune system especially for kids) but an awareness that that we play a central role introducing these bugs to our bodies and can take fairly easy measure to protect ourselves from almost all of them.

        But let’s not forget we as human bodies are absolutely dependent on our own biomass of bacteria for our health and wellbeing. We have to tread carefully targeting some but not others. This is why targeted responses (like the mRNA Covid vaccines, the ‘m’ standing for ‘messaging’) offers us tremendous potential in the future of very effective antibiotics.

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  6. Well the fish in our pond are all methamphetamine free, I know that. Although I’d swear that a few nights ago I saw one of the large koi basking on the step in the shallow end smoking a joint.
    But then again, with the nail biting soccer on the telly it was a rather stressful day, and the wine I’d drunk to calm my nerves may have had some impact on my judgment.
    As I don’t eat fish I’d suggest you lot switch to imported wild rabbit direct from Chernobyl. I hear it will give your complexion a real glow.

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