Sea-life Tests Positive for Opioids in Seattle’s Puget Sound

Mussels in Seattle’s Puget Sound have reportedly tested positive for opioids, signaling widespread usage in the Seattle area.

Mussels are often used by scientists to test the pollution levels in Seattle’s water and the latest test showed the troubling results. Mussels do not metabolize opioids, but fish can become addicted.

What we eat and what we excrete goes into the Puget Sound,” says Jennifer Lanksbury, a biologist at the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, “It’s telling me there’s a lot of people taking oxycodone in the Puget Sound area.”

Source: Mussels test positive for opioids in Seattle’s Puget Sound – BBC News

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