October 27, 2018

How our drinking water could help prevent suicide

Some researchers think putting lithium in our water could save lives

Lithium is a potent psychiatric drug, one of the primary prescribed medications for bipolar disorder. But it’s also an element that occurs naturally all over the Earth’s crust — including in bodies of water. That means that small quantities of lithium wind up in the tap water you consume every day. Just how much is in the water varies quite a bit from place to place. Read more + audio.

Vox

Related,
Lithium levels in the public drinking water supply and risk of suicide: A pilot study - Science Direct
Lithium in drinking water and the incidences of crimes, suicides, and arrests related to drug addictions - NCBI

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