When combined with data on prescriptions filled at local pharmacies, EMS drug overdose calls, and drug seizures by law enforcement, wastewater testing can yield insights into the extent of black-market activity, policing impact on community drug use, and where and when drug overdoses might occur.
Related Publications for A Symposium on the Potential of Wastewater Testing for Public Health and Safety
Testing Municipal Wastewater to Flexibly Monitor Health and SafetyMar 25, 2020
Identifying the Next Drug Epidemic by Testing Municipal Wastewater (In Focus Brief)Jun 01, 2018
Potential of wastewater analysis for informing public health and safety policies and approaches.
Special Report: The Potential of Wastewater Testing for Public Health and SafetyAug 14, 2017
This report synthesizes research and recommendations from Mathematica’s symposium on “The Potential of Wastewater Testing for Public Health and Safety."
The Potential of Wastewater Testing for Rapid Assessment of Opioid Abuse (Research Brief)Aug 02, 2016
An overview of the potential of municipal wastewater testing to provide comprehensive estimates of opioid use across the country. The methodology allows for analysis of geographic and temporal trends in drug use, rapid feedback for program evaluations, and identification of new drugs of abuse.