I hate to start this blog off with scatological references. It just doesn’t seem to set the right tone, but durn if “they” didn’t dang near force me to do just that by making this news story available on this, the first day I decided to write anything here.
They (“they” being the all powerful authorities who work tirelessly to protect you from yourself, at your expense of course) never stop in their constant and creative search to find more ways to observe, monitor, inspect, measure, catalog, and compare you and your vital signs to state established benchmarks so that they can keep you safe. And happy. And healthy. And productive. And contributing to society.
And for other yet to be determined but soon to be legislatively codified purposes.
Sewage epidemiology is a rapidly expanding field that can provide information on illicit drug usage in communities, based on the measured concentrations in samples from wastewater treatment plants.
According to the American Chemical Society’s report:
The war on drugs could get a boost with a new method that analyzes sewage to track levels of illicit drug use in local communities in real time. The new study, a first-of-its-kind in the U.S., was published in the ACS journal Environmental Science & Technology and could help law enforcement identify new drug hot spots and monitor whether anti-drug measures are working.
I sometimes wonder where and when everything started to go wrong in this country. Maybe not so coincidentally I think it was with just this so-called “War On Drugs” in the 1970s that things really began to go off the rails.
Up until then nobody would have stood for any of this crap. Pun intended.