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The Drug Company Next DoorPollution, Jobs, and Community Health in Puerto Rico$
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Alexa S. Dietrich

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780814724996

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814724996.001.0001

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The Dose Makes the Poison

The Dose Makes the Poison

How Making Drugs Harms Environments and People

(p.21) 1 The Dose Makes the Poison
The Drug Company Next Door

Alexa S. Dietrich

NYU Press

This chapter tells the story of Tipan and its long history of struggle with pharmaceutical-related air and water pollution. It describes the emergence of a grassroots movement to improve the functioning of the regional wastewater treatment plant, where the pharmaceuticals deposited untreated chemical wastewater from 1981 through the late 1990s. The pharmaceutical companies and the local government have marginalized the health and ecological concerns of Tipan in their efforts to support long-standing, environmentally insensitive methods of achieving economic progress. The chapter reveals the experience of living in a contaminated environment, illustrating the frustration and suffering caused by a struggle against corporate giants and their local allies.

Keywords:   Tipan, chemical wastewater, economic progress, corporate giants, local government, air pollution, water pollution

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