File this under "your tax dollars at work
Researchers at Oregon State University
have concocted a snapshot of illicit drug use by sampling our municipal wastewater.
The results show how much cocaine, ecstasy and methamphetamine
Oregonians pissed out in towns and cities from Astoria to Ontario.
“Municipalities across the state generously volunteered to help us test our methods by collecting samples more or less simultaneously, providing us with 24-hour composite influent samples from one day — March 4, 2008
,” one of the researchers is quoted as saying in a news release.
Read on to see the maps.
Here's what Oregon's cocaine
use looked like that day (surprise — go Medford!):
Here's how much ecstasy
we popped (damn Medford, who knew?).
And here's our meth
habit. (Medford, you're slacking. Umatilla/Hermiston/Pendleton — WOW.)
Read the whole study here