prenatal exposure


Study: Contaminated Water Linked To Risky Behavior


This story about the first-ever study to examine the link between prenatal exposure to toxins in the water and risky behavior later in life — like drinking and drug-use — is particularly troubling.

Here’s the report in BU Today:

From the late 1960s to 1980, an estimated 600 miles of water pipes contaminated with a known neurotoxin were installed in nearly 100 cities and towns in Massachusetts.

According to a new study by researchers at the BU School of Public Health examining Cape Cod residents exposed to the neurotoxin PCE, children in contact with contaminated drinking water before birth and as infants and toddlers are more likely to use illegal drugs later in life. Continue reading