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: Walz: State Will Begin Offering $100 Reward For COVID Vaccinations
Researchers from the University of Buffalo found antidepressants in 10 species of Great Lakes fish, including bass and walleye.READ MORE: Woman Found Beheaded On Shakopee Sidewalk; 42-Year-Old Man Arrested
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 Co-Ops To Vote On North Dakota Power Plant Sale, ND Gov. Says It's A 'Huge Sigh Of Relief' For Plant, Communities
Females exposed to drugs produced fewer eggs. Meanwhile, the males became more aggressive, sometimes even killing the females.