Sewage-based epidemiology requires a truly transdisciplinary approach

Christoph Ort, Caleb Banta-Green, Lubertus Bijlsma, Sara Castiglioni, Erik Emke, Coral Gartner, Barbara Kasprzyk-Hordern, Malcolm J. Reid, Jorg Rieckermann, Alexander L. N. van Nuijs

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If asked whether you had consumed illicit drugs recently, would you admit it? If yes, could you precisely recall types of drug, times and amounts used? If you were the person commissioned with the task of quantifying drug use, what approach would you use given the social stigma attached with such behavior? We measure drug residues in sewage, which represents urine of entire populations, to provide an objective estimate of total drug use in a region. In transdisciplinary projects, sewage-based results provide valuable information at unrivaled spatiotemporal resolution complementing traditional data.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)266-268
Number of pages3
JournalGAIA - Ecological Perspectives for Science and Society
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2014


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