MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The rising usage rate of antidepressants is impacting fish in the Great Lakes.
The drugs are flowing through wastewater treatment plants, meaning that people are flushing their prescriptions.READ MORE: 'We Don't Have To Do It': Mask Mandate Confusion Abound In Twin Cities
Researchers from the University of Buffalo found antidepressants in 10 species of Great Lakes fish, including bass and walleye.READ MORE: Police Reform A Major Sticking Point As Legislative Session Nears Its End
Scientists say they’re worried the drugs will leave the fish so chilled out they won’t be able to fight off predators.
In a 2013 study, researchers with the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee found that antidepressants can cause fish to become anxious, antisocial and homicidal.MORE NEWS: Minnesota Weather: 80-Degree High Expected Monday; Summery And Damp Week Ahead
Females exposed to drugs produced fewer eggs. Meanwhile, the males became more aggressive, sometimes even killing the females.