by Angelica A. Morrison, WOSU Public Media

By Oregon State University – Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0,

As America confronts the opioid crisis, environmental scientists are warning about a related problem. Chemicals from pain-killers and other drugs often end up in lakes and rivers, creating what some scientists say could be a deadly cocktail for fish and other wildlife.

“What we use in our everyday lives goes down the drain and ends up somewhere, it just does,” says Emma Rosi, an aquatic ecosystem ecologist at the Cary Institute in New York.

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