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Offline Anne Bonney

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« on: August 22, 2007, 10:49:42 PM »
I swear to god, I'm getting the hell outta Dodge as soon as is humanly possible.  This shit is has gotten so far out of hand. ... ole_cities

Scientists Drug-Test Whole Cities
Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Researchers have figured out how to give an entire community a drug test using just a teaspoon of wastewater from a city's sewer plant.

The test wouldn't be used to finger any single person as a drug user. But it would help federal law enforcement and other agencies track the spread of dangerous drugs, like methamphetamines, across the country.

Oregon State University scientists tested 10 unnamed American cities for remnants of drugs, both legal and illegal, from wastewater streams. They were able to show that they could get a good snapshot of what people are taking.

"It's a community urinalysis," said Caleb Banta-Green, a University of Washington drug abuse researcher who was part of the Oregon State team. The scientists presented their results Tuesday at a meeting of the American Chemical Society in Boston.

Two federal agencies have taken samples from U.S. waterways to see if drug testing a whole city is doable, but they haven't gotten as far as the Oregon researchers.

One of the early results of the new study showed big differences in methamphetamine use city to city. One urban area with a gambling industry had meth levels more than five times higher than other cities. Yet methamphetamine levels were virtually nonexistent in some smaller Midwestern locales, said Jennifer Field, the lead researcher and a professor of environmental toxicology at Oregon State.

The ingredient Americans consume and excrete the most was caffeine, Field said.

Cities in the experiment ranged from 17,000 to 600,000 in population, but Field declined to identify them, saying that could harm her relationship with the sewage plant operators.

She plans to start a survey for drugs in the wastewater of at least 40 Oregon communities.

The science behind the testing is simple. Nearly every drug _ legal and illicit _ that people take leaves the body. That waste goes into toilets and then into wastewater treatment plants.

"Wastewater facilities are wonderful places to understand what humans consume and excrete," Field said.

In the study presented Tuesday, one teaspoon of untreated sewage water from each of the cities was tested for 15 different drugs. Field said researchers can't calculate how many people in a town are using drugs. continued...
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« Reply #1 on: August 27, 2007, 01:34:34 AM »
maybe this is a good thing. this will make the goverment wake the hell up and realize that there are waaaay more people using drugs than they thought, and that the war on drugs is futile.

i saw an article like this earlier but they were testing some town in italy.

"The levels of cocaine residue in flowing water in Italy suggest that many more people take the drug than official national estimates previously suggested. A study published today in the open access journal Environmental Health reports on a new tool used to measure the levels of a cocaine by-product excreted in urine, and present in rivers and in flowing sewage water. This new method provides evidence that about 40,000 doses of cocaine are consumed every day in the Po valley - according to official estimates for this area, only 15,000 users admit to taking the drug at least once a month..........Their results show that the Po, the largest Italian river, with five million people living in its vicinity, steadily carried the equivalent of about 4 kg of cocaine per day. This would imply an average daily use of at least 27 doses of 100 mg of cocaine for every 1,000 young adults of 15 to 34 years of age – the main consumers of cocaine. In the Po valley, this would translate into a least 40,000 doses being used every day by young people" ... 080305.php
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« Reply #2 on: August 27, 2007, 03:12:14 PM »
This means more funding for the war on drugs that they don't sell (they're mostly consumers) and fewer Constitutional protections to defend ourselves against it.

Quote from: ""Thomas Paine""
[Government] exposes people to the same miseries…which we might expect in a country without government, our calamities is heightened by reflecting that we furnish the means by which we suffer.
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