Your drain on drugs: Amphetamines seep into Baltimore's streams

Researchers sample water from Gwynns Falls in Baltimore.

Story highlights

  • Meth residue was found in streams across Baltimore
  • Replicating the condition in those streams, scientists saw how exposure to amphetamines changed aquatic life

(CNN)You shouldn't put illegal drugs in your body, and you shouldn't let neighborhood bodies of water ingest them, either. A new study suggests that aquatic life in Baltimore is being exposed to drugs, and it's having an impact.

And these aren't soft drugs; they include methamphetamine and amphetamine. They're messing with the growth and development of organisms in local streams.
It appears aquatic life -- the moss that grows on rocks, the bacteria that live in the water and the bugs that hatch there -- are the unexpected victims of Americans' struggle with drug addiction.
    The study is published in the latest edition of the journal Environmental Scie