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Levels of hydrocodone, an opioid painkiller, increased in sewage in some US states during the covid-19 pandemicGIPHOTOSTOCK/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Use of some illicit drugs decreased in the US during the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic, while prescription opioid use skyrocketed, according to an analysis of wastewater.
Bikram Subedi and his colleagues at Murray State University in Kentucky analysed wastewater gathered from two communities in western Kentucky and northern Tennessee between March and July 2020.
Wastewater is water flushed down toilets and sinks from homes that ends up at a sewage treatment plant. …

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