[Pharmwaste] Statistics Canada looking down the drain to determine levels of pot consumption

Ed Gottlieb EGottlieb at cityofithaca.org
Thu Feb 15 10:44:25 EST 2018


Testing of wastewater to determine levels of recreational drug use been widely done for cocaine, pot, and possibly other commonly abused drugs.  Not surprisingly, concentrations go up on weekends!  One reason these studies have been done is to better target prevention efforts.

In this case, the justification may be money.

"It is possible that if we're able to get the consumption numbers and figure out what legal sales are, we might be able to get some estimate of illegal consumption as well," he said.

Taxes are not collected on black market sales.

Ed Gottlieb
Chair, Coalition for Safe Medication Disposal
Board Member, New York Product Stewardship Council
Member, National Association of Clean Water Agencies Pretreatment & Pollution Prevention Committee
Member, Product Stewardship Institute Pharmaceuticals’ Policy & Coordination Work Group
Member, New York Water Environment Association Government Affairs Committee
Member, Tompkins County Water Resources Council
Industrial Pretreatment Coordinator
Ithaca Area Wastewater Treatment Facility
525 3rd Street
Ithaca, NY  14850
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From: Pharmwaste [pharmwaste-bounces at lists.dep.state.fl.us] on behalf of Thomas Hodges [hodgetf at auburn.edu]
Sent: Thursday, February 15, 2018 9:47 AM
To: Edward Krisiunas; pharmwaste
Subject: Re: [Pharmwaste] Statistics Canada looking down the drain to determine levels of pot consumption

Because they can, or is there another purpose for the research?


Thomas Hodges, CHMM
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From: Pharmwaste [mailto:pharmwaste-bounces at lists.dep.state.fl.us] On Behalf Of Edward Krisiunas
Sent: Thursday, February 15, 2018 6:36 AM
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Subject: [Pharmwaste] Statistics Canada looking down the drain to determine levels of pot consumption


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