Ecstasy Appears In Water Supply After Music Festivals

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This electronic dance music news might scare some, But its definitely something to think about.

Massive music festivals creating loud noise disruption might not be the only thing locals need to worry about — they might be causing issues for nearby water systems and aquatic life too.

According to a study published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology, Electronic Music festivals could be introducing dangerous drugs like ecstasy and ketamine into the water supply, leaving traces of behind in the rivers, and in the soil.

The original study is part of an effort to research “emerging contaminants” Things like drugs (prescribed and recreational) and hygiene products that end up in waste water. According to the study, only about half of these contaminants are actually removed in the water treatment process. This means that the contaminants can end up back in our drinking water, and in aquatic life; like fish.

Researchers were particularly interested in how certain events — such as football games, holiday weekends, and tourist attractions — could cause spikes or even changes in these sneaky contaminants. It stands to reason that an influx of people (especially a large group all doing the same activity) would have an effect. The researchers measured contaminant levels in Hengchun, a popular vacation destination in Taiwan.

Researchers were particularly interested in how certain events — such as football games, holiday weekends, and tourist attractions — could cause spikes or even changes in these sneaky contaminants. It stands to reason that an influx of people (especially a large group all doing the same activity) would have an effect. The researchers measured contaminant levels in Hengchun, a popular vacation destination in Taiwan.

So the researchers also weren’t surprised that contaminants spiked during popular travel times, such as weekends and seasons with good weather.

But during the “Spring Scream,” an event that draws more than 600,000 young music fans to the beach town, things got a little crazy.

Daily sampling during the week of Spring Scream found big spikes in drugs like ecstasy, ketamine and caffeine — exactly the cocktail of “fun” drugs one would expect hoards of young festival goers to partake in. Meanwhile, more benign drugs — such as ibuprofen — were fairly consistent before, during and after the concerts.

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But going for a swim in this water cant get you high. The real concern here is that people and animals are being exposed to different mixtures of different drugs at different concentrations — This makes it hard to guess just what the long-term effects might be. Research has indicated that some of the drugs that change behavior in humans could also change behavior of aquatic animals that are exposed to the contaminants.

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