ibusinesslines.com October 18, 2018

Mussels test positive for opioids in Seattle's Puget Sound

27 May 2018, 05:00 | Melissa Porter

Mussels test positive for opioids in Seattle's Puget Sound


Mussels in Puget Sound tested positive for the drug when scientists were doing a routine examination of water pollution, according to a KIRO News 7 report.

A recent study shows mussels in Puget Sound have tested positive for trace amounts of the opioid oxycodone.

The levels of opioids in the waters were thousands of times smaller than a human dose, but data shows that the United States opioid epidemic has filtered down to other species in America's ecosystems.

The mussels were found in three out of 18 test sites from a highly urbanized area.

"We found antibiotics, we found antidepressants, chemotherapy drugs, heart medications and also oxycodone", said biologist Jennifer Lanksbury.

It's possible, however, that the opioids could affect fish, which are known to respond to the drugs, James added. This is the first time that opioids have been detected in Puget Sound mussels, the PSI statement said. Some of the oxycodone consumed by people end up in the toilet before going to wastewater treatment plants. In Puget Sound, off the western coast of Washington state, scientists have discovered marine life contaminated with oxycodone.

Since mussels are "filter feeders", they absorb contaminants from their environment into their tissues in a concentrated way.

Meanwhile, researchers with the Puget Sound Mussel Monitoring Program are now using high-resolution mass spectrometry to search for more issues in the water.

Drug use in the Pacific Northwest is so prevalent that scientist have found trace amounts of narcotics in the systems of sea creatures in the area.

Lanksbury said the containments can have negative impacts on fish and shellfish in the surrounding areas. The contaminants in this case are thought to be passed into Puget Sound through discharge from wastewater treatment plants.

Shellfish in the Seattle and Bremerton harbors of Puget Sound have shown traces of prescription opioid oxycodone.

Every two years, scientists from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife place uncontaminated mussels in various Puget Sound locations.

"We sent 18 samples (of mussels) to a laboratory up in Canada and asked for a suite of pharmaceutical and personal care products", Lanksbury said.

According to the WDFW, people who eat mussels from a restaurant or grocery store should not be anxious about getting high on opioids. In the process, "they pick up all sorts of contaminants, so at any given time their body tissues record data about water quality over the previous two to four months", the institute explains.

Other News

Trending Now

Trump blasts Comey, Clapper, McCabe over 'SPYGATE'
James Comey says the " Spygate " conspiracy accusations leveled by President Trump are made up . Attending the first briefing at the Justice Department were Nunes, Ryan, Schiff and Rep.

Ebola patients flee hospital in DR Congo, says MSF
In addition to the confirmed Ebola cases there are also 13 probable cases and six suspected ones, the health ministry said . Health Ministry sources, who asked not to be named, said two police officers had been deployed to help track them down.

Gareth Bale Scores A Goal Only Believable In Football Films
Karim Benzema believes Cristiano Ronaldo will stay at Real Madrid despite the superstar hinting he is considering leaving. "I need to be playing", Bale said.

Watch Gareth Bale’s jaw-dropping Champions League final goal
The ball then trickled into his net. "It's not about one person it's about everybody". "I don't feel anything right now". The loss to injury of Salah after just 30 minutes of this game was every Liverpool supporter's worst nightmare.

Arsenal in talks with Stephan Lichtsteiner
With the transfer window open, Emery can now begin to bolster the squad as the club look to get back in the top four next season. New Gunners manager, Unai Emery , sees Lichsteiner as an option that would add experience and leadership to the squad.

Real Madrid-Liverpool - Madrid beat Liverpool to complete hat-trick
In his first season at Anfield, the Egyptian forward broke the Premier League record for goals in a 38-game season with 32 . Blame Sergio Ramos for that, although the foul that ended Salah's final was not the Madrid defender at his most cynical.

Chris Paul of Houston Rockets out for Game 6 with hamstring injury
It would seem that under this circumstance, D'Antoni should still absolutely start Paul but then see how the game is flowing. But trying to close out this Warriors team without Paul will be a monumental challenge for the Rockets.