June 18, 2011

Potty Water Reveals a Lot

1 Sewer Testing Can Reveal Drug Use in Cities

Sewer samples may be tested on a continuous basis to reveal drug usage patterns in entire cities and other large populations, reports CBS News. Researchers in Oslo, Norway discovered a method for testing in the sewer using passive filters. Their testing of the city sewer in Norway showed that usage of the drug ecstasy spiked during high school graduation festivities. Instead of conducting in-person interviews, public heath workers may be able to use sewer testings as a more efficient way to gauge drug use. San Diego and London have started conducting drug tests using sewer samples. According to CBS News, Kevin Thomas of the Norwegian Institute for Water Research notes that sewer testing is nice since it's "totally anonymous," judging an entire city rather than an individual.

More at CBS News | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Avandia Restricted in a Worldwide Effort

Tags: Chemical and Engineering News, Sewage Testing, Drug Tests for Cities, Testing Drug Use Whole City, Random Drug Tests, Norwegian Institute for Water Research, Ecstasy Use High School

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2 Risperdal Recalled Due to Strange Odor

Forty thousand bottles of the brand name and generic formulas of Risperdal (risperidone) used to treat schizophrenia have been recalled by its manufacturer Johnson & Johnson due to complaints of a foul odor. This is the same odor that forced a recall of the pharmaceutical giant’s pain medicines Tylenol and Motrin, Benadryl for allergies one year earlier. The company says that the odors linked to some the more recent recalls are likely due to a small amount of a compound called TBA which is not toxic but produces a musty or moldy odor. Transient gastrointestinal problems were also reported in patients who took the smelly drugs. Johnson & Johnson has been dealing with quality-control issues since late 2009 and is being closely monitored by federal officials.

More at Yahoo! Reuters | Posted 6 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Johnson and Johnson Expands Recent Recall of OTCs

Tags: Johnson and Johnson, Johnson and Johnson Recalls, Recalled Medicine, Recalls, Risperidone, Risperdal, Schizophrenia Medication, Risperdal Recall

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