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Wastewater Testing Shows That Pharmaceutical and Illicit Drug Use Are Higher in Places Where COVID-19 is More Prevalent   [open pdf - 0B]

From the Document: "Wastewater testing is increasingly used worldwide to monitor trends in pharmaceutical and illicit drug use. Between April and July of 2020, wastewater samples from six sewer systems in Onondaga County, NY were tested to assess pharmaceutical and illicit drug use patterns during the COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] pandemic. The study found that samples from sewersheds showing greater pharmaceutical and illicit drug use also contained more SARS-CoV-2 [severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2] RNA [ribonucleic acid]- the genetic material found in the coronavirus. Testing identified higher levels of 26 pharmaceuticals, including medications for depression, epilepsy, allergies, and high blood pressure, as well as illicit drugs like opioids, cocaine, and amphetamines."

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Lerner Center Data Slice No. 34
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2021-01-28
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Syracuse University. Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion
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Syracuse University Research Facility and Collaborative Environment (SURFACE): https://surface.syr.edu/
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