Tempe and ASU use sewage to pinpoint the opioid problem. Here’s what they found.
A study led by Fulton Schools Professor Rolf Halden is providing Tempe data on the extent of opioid use in the city. Samples taken from local sewage and wastewater treatment systems can in many cases reveal both the level of opioid use and pinpoint the levels of use in various locations in the area. The results of the study will be used to help city officials develop approaches to developing programs to educate the public about opioids and prevent medically unauthorized use of the addictive drug.
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