Fish brains in Niagara River contains anti-depressant chemicals

Researchers who found a high level of antidepressant therapy in the brains of fish living in the Niagara River, states that the United States wastewater management facilities should fill the gaps in the filtering activities.

The lead author, Diana Aga, Ph.D., discovered human chemical compositions or their metabolized forms in the brains of 10 different fish species learned in the Great Lakes Region. Lake Ontario and Lake Erie are linked by the Niagara River and flow along the border of the state of New York and Ontario.

Overlooked substances

Following the study by Aga and her group on the personal care and health-friendly products in the river, they stated that the chemical compounds found in these fishes are good for medication, but are often overlooked.

Aga informed the University of Buffalo News Center that these plants are geared towards eliminating phosphorus, nitrogen, and dissolved carbon compounds, but there are other chemicals that are given much attention but adds to the environment.

She further stated that the chemicals present in fishes are usually utilized in making certain serotonin uptake inhibitors (SSRIs), including many anti-depressants like Zoloft. The report confirms that people who consume the fish may not benefit from this, but biodiversity in the river will manifest negatively.

A co-author of the research, Randolph Singh, who is also a UB graduate with Ph.D. said that humans could eat these fish, but biodiversity in the water remains a significant concern.

Singh spoke to the UB News Center that these medicines might have effects on fish behavior, but they didn’t study this. He added that other scientists have proved that the survival and feeding behavior of the fish can be altered by anti-depressant, and some fish won’t notice the presence of their attackers.

Aga said that these anti-depressants get into the water bodies through human urine, and are often neglected when treating process, which is directed towards eliminating bacteria and solid waste.