Sewage Analysis CORe group Europe

The Potential of Wastewater Testing for Rapid Assessment of Opioid Abuse

In Washington on the 16th may 2017 a symposium was held to explore the Potential of Wastewater Testing for Rapid Assessment of Opioid Abuse. With contributions from SCORE.

Furthermore the organisers published last year a nice publication referring SCORE

Key Findings:

  • Rapid and objective measures of drug use can be obtained through municipal wastewater testing – a largely untapped data source that leverages existing infrastructure serving 81 percent of U.S. households.
  • Advanced analytics and mapping of the data produced can identify hotspots of activity for targeting resources, and assess temporal trends for evaluating programs.
  • Development of a coordinated regional or national wastewater monitoring system would empower local, state, and federal officials to begin predicting, rather than reacting to, public health epidemics.