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I know it’s always over fishing, but this crap is being dumped into the ecosystem, and it ain’t helping!

Scientists, increasingly able to detect minuscule amounts of compounds, have begun to test sewage to gauge communities’ use of illegal drugs. Dan Burgard, an associate chemistry professor, knew students tried to get an edge. But he didn’t know about the “study drug.” “I was walking with a student,” Burgard said, “and they bemoaned that it wasn’t students cheating nowadays to get ahead, but that they were taking Adderall,” a potent amphetamine used to treat attention disorders. Burgard had an idea: Let’s test the campus sewage. What he and his students at University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Wash., found confirmed their suspicions. Read [email protected]