Title

The Effects of the Antidepressants Trintellix on the Mortality Rates of Daphnia magna

School Name

Spring Valley High School

Grade Level

11th Grade

Presentation Topic

Environmental Science

Presentation Type

Non-Mentored

Abstract

With the increase in depression in Americans over the age of 12 by over 10% in the last decade there is also a consequential increase in the production of antidepressants as well. With the average age of 48 more than 58% of adults have been found to be prescribed antidepressants. The cause of the mass production of these antidepressants can cause pollution on a dangerous scale if the antidepressants are not handled correctly. The purpose of this research was to find the impact that antidepressants could have on the environment by measuring the mortality rates in the highly sensitive daphnia magna. The objective of this research was to find how the antidepressant would affect the daphnia magna in different amounts. To do this experiment 3 groups were experimented on and given different amounts of antidepressants. This experiment showed that there was an increase in mortality rates of the daphnia magna from the control group. The experiment had also not lasted long enough to test the idea if reproduction would have also been slowed. A One-Way Repeated measures Anova test (F(86)=3.039 showed that there was a significant difference between all three of the groups. The significance of this test shows that the effects of pharmaceutical pollutants such as antidepressants can have a detrimental effect on the environment.

Location

BS 355

Start Date

3-25-2023 9:30 AM

Presentation Format

Oral and Written

Group Project

No

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Mar 25th, 9:30 AM

The Effects of the Antidepressants Trintellix on the Mortality Rates of Daphnia magna

BS 355

With the increase in depression in Americans over the age of 12 by over 10% in the last decade there is also a consequential increase in the production of antidepressants as well. With the average age of 48 more than 58% of adults have been found to be prescribed antidepressants. The cause of the mass production of these antidepressants can cause pollution on a dangerous scale if the antidepressants are not handled correctly. The purpose of this research was to find the impact that antidepressants could have on the environment by measuring the mortality rates in the highly sensitive daphnia magna. The objective of this research was to find how the antidepressant would affect the daphnia magna in different amounts. To do this experiment 3 groups were experimented on and given different amounts of antidepressants. This experiment showed that there was an increase in mortality rates of the daphnia magna from the control group. The experiment had also not lasted long enough to test the idea if reproduction would have also been slowed. A One-Way Repeated measures Anova test (F(86)=3.039 showed that there was a significant difference between all three of the groups. The significance of this test shows that the effects of pharmaceutical pollutants such as antidepressants can have a detrimental effect on the environment.