Snapshot of Illegal Drug Use Found in Wastewater

July 16, 2009

(ChattahBox)—The number of illegal drug users in a community, including the types of drugs ingested can be measured in municipal wastewater before it’s treated and filtered. A team of researchers in Oregon analyzed samples of wastewater for drug excretion in communities across the state, identifying the towns with the most number of high-as-a-kite residents.

Researchers from the University of Washington, McGill University and Oregan State University, collected single-day samples of untreated wastewater from 96 municipalities across the state. The water samples were tested for methamphetamine, cocaine, and “ecstasy” or MDMA.

Lead researcher, Banta-Green believes the testing of wastewater provides a more accurate picture “…as a population measure of drug use and provides further evidence of the validity of this methodology.”

Current studies showing levels of drug use are limited in scope and accuracy, but actual measurements of drugs excreted in wastewater can’t be disputed.

The samples taken in Oregon represented 65 percent of the state’s population. The results showed a high level of cocaine use and “crack” in urban areas, with rural areas showing cocaine levels so low they went undetected.

Methamphetamines were discovered in all types of municipalities. The results prove that addiction to “Crystal Meth” transcends social and regional boundaries.

Ecstasy was found mostly in urban areas of Oregon.

The researchers cautioned that the results of their mid-week sampling could vary, with much higher levels expected on weekend days, for example.

The entire study is available in the current issue of the journal Addiction.

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