Down by the River

Our researchers looked at the level of pharmaceuticals in York’s two local rivers - and their findings make for interesting listening.

River Ouse

...if you were to take a pill of a typical pharmaceutical, to get the same level from drinking water you’d probably need to drink the water for 400 years to reach the level that you would take from that pill in a day.

Alistair Boxall
Professor in Environmental Science
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Alistair Boxall

Alistair Boxall

Professor in Environmental Science

Alistair’s research focuses on understanding emerging and future ecological and health risks posed by chemical contaminants in the natural environment. He is a member of the Defra Advisory Hazardous Substances Advisory Committee and is Chair of the Pharmaceutical Advisory Group of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry.

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