Unintended Consequences

Reuters has published a story (see Yahoo News) on the anti-depressant Prozac being found in drinking water. The last sentence of the article noted, “Prescription of anti-depressants has surged in Britain. In the decade up to 2001, overall prescriptions of antidepressants rose from 9 million to 24 million a year, the paper said.”

One wonders why they were testing for Prozac in the first place and whether any other pharmaceuticals are creating similar problems? Maybe it is all a plot to begin somafying the population, ala Brave New World and this is just a test to see how the drug propagates. Maybe it is a CIA experiment to see at what distribution levels pacification of the population becomes detectable; a preliminary test before widespread utilization in Islamic trouble spots. That’s the ticket. I can see the headlines now. The Great Satan’s anti-Islamic CIA attempts somafication of Arab countries. I am waiting for the conspiracy hounds to try and make this dog hunt.

All jokes aside, this is a prime example of unintended consequences. Try to solve one problem, depression, and create another, drug propagation in the environment. It just goes to show that we are not very effective stewards of what the Lord has given us.