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Duxbury to mull fluoride in municipal water supply

February 18, 2013

DUXBURY, Mass. (AP) — The decades-old issue of fluoridated water is on the agenda in Duxbury.

Duxbury Fluoride Choice, a citizens’ group, is urging health officials to keep fluoride out of their water supply. The group says studies link high fluoride levels to lower IQs and weaker bones.

The Patriot Ledger reports (http://bit.ly/151XElJ ) that Duxbury’s board of health will discuss the fluoridation issue on Thursday. It may consider adjusting the amount of fluoride in the town’s water supply.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says water fluoridation is among the best public health achievements of the 20th century.

The U.S. Department of Public Health recommends communities use 0.7 to 1.2 milligrams of fluoride per liter of water. The agency is considering reducing that amount because of a sharp rise in products with fluoride.


Information from: The (Quincy, Mass.) Patriot Ledger, http://www.patriotledger.com

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