“For the first time, opioids have been found in mussels in Puget Sound”
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– Editor’s note:
“This demonstrates how severe the opiod problem is in the United States.
– “Traces of opioids found in mussels in Puget Sound near Seattle”
“We found antibiotics, we found antidepressants, chemotherapy drugs, heart medications and also oxycodone.”
“For the first time, researchers in Washington state have found traces of an opioid painkiller in mussels in Puget Sound, which could affect fish in the area.
Scientists from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife found traces of the painkiller oxycodone and other pharmaceuticals in the tissues of native bay mussels in Puget Sound near Seattle, according to a report released this month. Traces of the drug were in amounts far lower than a normal therapeutic dose for humans.
“We found antibiotics, we found antidepressants, chemotherapy drugs, heart medications and also oxycodone,” Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife biologist Jennifer Lanksbury told local NBC affiliate KING of Seattle.
by Ethan Sacks, NBC News.