Identifying the Next Drug Epidemic by Testing Municipal Wastewater (In Focus Brief)

Publisher: Washington, DC: Mathematica Policy Research
Jun 01, 2018
Aparna Keshaviah

Key Findings:

  • When used in combination with geospatial mapping and advanced analytics, wastewater-based epidemiology has the potential to help officials predict rather than react to changes in drug use.
This document presents municipal wastewater testing as an innovative approach that can augment existing data by providing more rapid, cost-effective, and unbiased measures of drug use.