Omaha study measures drugs in the sewer
December 4, 2007
Some researchers from Oregon State University took samples from Omaha's Missouri River WWTP and found that they can measure drug use in the city
by taking samples of the city's wastewater
. While it could be very useful on the drug-enforcement side to be able to measure a city's overall rate of addiction and abuse, this kind of research also points out the growing problem of emerging contaminants
like pharmaceuticals which almost none of the nation's wastewater treatment plants are equipped to handle -- even though the prevalence of those contaminants
is on the rise.
last revised December 2007