Ever since the government started adding fluoride to the public water supplies in 1945, there have been many people who have challenged the legality of fluoride in our water supplies.
They raised concerns about whether a city has the right to add a drug to the water supply that could help many people, but have side effects such as dental fluorosis.
This has caused some cities to stop fluoridating their water supplies. For example, two of the three largest cities in Alaska, Fairbanks and Juneau no longer fluoridate their water supplies.
A recent news broadcast by the CBS TV station in Anchorange, Alaska asks whether or not Anchorange will be the next Alaskan city to stop fluoridating the public water supply.
Is Water Fluoridation Legal?
A new website aims to answer the question of whether or not water fluoridation is legal. It is called FLUID, which stands for Fluoride Legislative User Information Database.
The site contains a database of federal, state, and local actions regarding water fluoridation as well as legal opinions of state and federal courts and allows anybody to search throughout this goldmine of information.
The website states that its mission is the following:
FLUID was created to be an up-to-date, user-friendly tool to answer questions about the legal and policy status of community water fluoridation in all 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The goal of FLUID is to enable users to access information based on legal fact and to be a resource that allows them to compare their current or proposed policies with others from across the country.
When the legality of water fluoridation is questioned in court, it seems that water fluoridation is usually upheld by the courts as legal.
What are your thoughts? Do you think it’s legal to fluoridate public water supplies? You can leave your thoughts in the comments section below. Thanks for reading!