Monitoring Wastewater for New Psychoactive Drugs

Saturday, June 3, 2023
by Toni Pankaluic

Wastewater has been monitored to track invasive ant species via eDNA, birth control residues and drug remnants…

Recently, a coordinated international study over the last 3 years has been conducted to monitor new psychoactive substances flying-under-the-radar used recreationally. AND… over a dozen new drugs have been discovered!

How is… or can this data be used?

4ZZZ’s Eliot Rifkin & Toni Pankaluic chatted with Dr Richard Bade from UQ's Queensland Alliance for Environmental Health Sciences about his study on monitoring wastewater for new psychoactive drugs and its implications.  

For a deep dive…

What are New Psychoactive Substances? You can learn more on the New Psychoactive Substances dashboard from the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime or find the latest trend reports and public alerts (for the United States).

Toni Pankaluic

Toni Pankaluic is a Journalist and contributor to Brisbane Line