On , March 4, 2008, Scientists in Oregon partnered with city workers in 96 communities, to gather waste water samples ona single day, with the intent of measuring the drug content of waste water. When the scientists tested these samples for evidence of methamphetamine, cocaine and ecstasy, or MDMA, the result was that every one of the 96 cities -- representing 65 percent of Oregon's population -- had a quantifiable level of methamphetamine in its wastewater. The data gathered from municipal wastewater using wastewater sampling equipment is concrete and quantifiable, revealing a detailed snapshot of drug use for that day. Since it's just a matter of where you take your samples, hese techniques can detect drug usage at individual houses.
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