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Setting Fire to Drinking Water (Excerpt from ‘Superbugs’)

VICE News reporter Neha Shastry speaks to a sheriff of a small village downstream from pharmaceutical factories about how the rise of the industry has effected the local waterways.
March 1, 2016, 10:00am

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India is one of the world's largest producers of antibiotics. The billion-dollar industry helps make affordable drugs for millions of people — but it comes at a steep price.

VICE News travels to Hyderabad, India's pharma capital, to see how the pollution from pharmaceutical factories is contributing to antibiotic resistance, which makes common illnesses increasingly hard to treat and risks giving rise to the next "superbug."

In this excerpt, VICE News reporter Neha Shastry speaks to a sheriff of a small village downstream from pharmaceutical factories about how the rise of the industry has effected the waterways.

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