Dr Paul Kay from water@leeds talks to BuzzFeed about the cocktail of drugs polluting our rivers

Dr Paul Kay has recently featured in a BuzzFeed article, discussing drugs polluting British rivers.

A study by scientists at the University of Leeds suggests that pharmaceutical pollution – small amounts of drugs like painkillers and antibiotics – is widespread in British rivers, and highlights the current lack of regulation around it.

Dr Paul Kay, lead author on the study, which was published in the journal Environmental Pollution, and his colleagues found that small amounts of five pharmaceutical drugs were present in the majority of samples taken from the rivers Aire and Calder in West Yorkshire over an 18-month period.