Everyday items that people use are showing up in the Great Lakes.
According to 9 and 10 News, new research by the Great Lakes Water Studies Institute shows that pharmaceuticals, caffeine and other chemicals are showing up in the water and can have a negative impact on the environment and its species. The study shows this is because more people are consuming these items. For example, the leftover chemicals from caffeine in people's bodies go to the waste treatment plant, after being excreted, however it isn't designed to clean out some of the chemicals. This includes the prescription drugs that people throw in the trash or flush down the toilet. The public is being urged to take their prescriptions and over-the-counter medication to a drop off center, instead.