'Baked' Mussels - America's Opioid Crisis Spreads To Seattle Seafood

So many people are using opioids in Seattle and the surrounding area that even the mussels in the Puget Sound are testing positive, according to a University of Washington study cited by the BBC.

In 2016, Washington's Kings County, home to the city and the Puget Sound, recorded a record-breaking 332 opioid-related overdoses. During the same year, the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration calculated that 300 pounds of pharmaceuticals, personal care products and industrial compounds found their way to the Puget Sound each day. Some at levels high enough to harm fish populations.

Opioids

So, a study conducted by the University of Washington and several partner organizations decided to test the levels of opioids filtering into the Sound. They did it by placing "clean mussels" in several areas spots around the Puget Sound. Of the 18 locations tested, three showed signs of opioids. None of the contaminated batches were found near commercial beds, luckily.

Scientists used mussels as a way to test pollution in Seattle's waters and discovered high enough oxycodone levels for the shellfish to test positive.

Mussels do not metabolise opioids, but some fish can become addicted.

Mussels are filter-feeders, which means they filter water for nutrients to nourish themselves. In the process, they end up storing pollutants in their tissues, which makes them a prime indicator species.

State researchers distributed clean mussels around the Puget Sound and extracted them months later to test the waters.

Of the 18 locations scientists used, three showed traces of oxycodone. The drug traces were not enough to get any humans high from consumption, but enough to indicate a problem, officials said.

Most fish in the Puget Sound don't process opioids. But some, like the zebrafish, do experience withdrawal symptoms, according to a different academic study. Still, the fact that mussels are testing positive indicates that the opioid problem in the area is getting worse, not better.

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It's also worth noting that the doses found in the water were a thousand times smaller than the dose it would take to get a human high.

Still, area residents should be concerned because the opioids could filter down through the food chain.

The levels of opioids in the waters were thousands of times smaller than a human dose, but data shows that the US opioid epidemic has filtered down to other species in America's ecosystems.

"People should be wary," Ms Lanksbury told KIRO7 News.

"Hopefully our data shows what's out there and can get the process started for cleaning up our waters."

The Department of Fish and Wildlife said the test was a one-time study, but that it will seek additional funding to keep testing Washington's waters.

The Department of Fish and Wildlife said it will be seeking funding to continue monitoring levels of opioids in the Puget Sound. The question is: Will President Trump's push to combat opioid abuse start to have an impact? Or will the crisis continue to worsen?

Comments

el buitre IridiumRebel Mon, 05/28/2018 - 23:03 Permalink

Most of these "opioids" are synthetic and produced by our highly reputable all American Big Pharma corporations.  They want all the kids autistic, and the ones who can still walk and chew gum after their vaccines, jonezing.  Can a mother of a severely autistic child join the workforce?  Fuck no!

Boyd Haley was the chairman of the chemistry department at the University of Kentucky.  He made two momentous discoveries.  #1 was that mercury was the primary cause of autism, and #2 was that a combination of two GRAS (generally recognized as safe) food additive chemicals, when bonded together, effectively chelates the mercury, including that which has crossed the blood/brain barrier, and allows it to be excreted, resulting in amazing remissions of all sorts of ailments, but childhood autism in particular.  The FDA has been all over him like the criminal thug vampire squids that they are, and desperate mothers of autistic children are smuggling in this compound from China.  They want us sick, addicted,  and then dead.  Check it out for yourself at:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FESFp4fHfpg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pu_ph9hzsG8

 

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CheapBastard Looney Mon, 05/28/2018 - 19:30 Permalink

Opioids are a class of drugs that include the illegal drug heroin, synthetic opioids such as fentanyl, and pain relievers available legally by prescription, such as oxycodone (OxyContin®), hydrocodone (Vicodin®), codeine, morphine, and many others.

I'd like to know how these dealers get their drugs from Mexico up to Seattle.

Truck?

Plane?

Ship?

..or via Canada?

From the above comment and link looks like trucks are a major method.

Otherwise, it has to be a very long tunnel from the border to Seattle.

 

 

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Jballsquared CheapBastard Mon, 05/28/2018 - 19:48 Permalink

I get my oxycodone from a generic provider through the Walgreens drive thru by way of my fucking doctor. Guess what, it’s legal and I don’t abuse it. Same as a million other people with chronic pain who aren’t allowed to grow poppies as god intended. 

Ps- OxyContin is time released oxycodone. They aren’t synonymous. All the “contins” are just continuous release methods for the underlying drug and cost a lot more. 

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luckylogger Jballsquared Mon, 05/28/2018 - 20:30 Permalink

Right on dude, I used to be a logger until I got squished by a tree in 2004.

Without opioids there is no way I would have ended up with a masters degree in something and now teaching part time at a University. 

People like to bitch too much and do not see all the good that they bring to us who respect the drug and do not abuse it!!!!!!!!!!!!

Please do not fuk with those that need the meds to have a decent productive life because they got busted up one too many times.

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el buitre CheapBastard Mon, 05/28/2018 - 23:14 Permalink

What makes you think it came in from Mexico?  Only some of the Bush family syndicated Afghani heroin comes in from Mexico via Ramstein AFB in Germany, courtesy of our friendly CIA.  Incerlik AFB was shut down as a heroin transit point by Erdogan after the CIA tried to kill him in a coup.  The rest is courtesy of your local MD certified pushers and their Big Pharma kingpin dealers in the US of A.  Who says we don't manufacture anything?  We make armaments, psychotropic and opioid drugs, fraudulent financial instruments, garbage, and electrons masquerading as money.

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Elvis is Alive Whoa Dammit Tue, 05/29/2018 - 09:55 Permalink

"For any amount to show up, the addiction levels have to be huge." Sigh, what a stupid statement by someone with no knowledge of the opioid system. Do you understand the incredible variation between people with regards to opioids? It took 50 mg of IV Dilaudid to kill someone on death row via lethal injection in Ohio but with an inmate in Arizona, it took 750 mg to do the same thing. People with fibromyalgia have one-tenth the number of pain receptors as the typical person. We all know people have different thresholds to pain, yet the government (the CDC) recommend standardized opioid dosing. It's stupid... as stupid as saying people need 2000 calories per day as if an NFL lineman and elderly couch potato need the same amount of calories. 

As for addiction, opioid withdrawal is unpleasant, but it's only as bad as a really bad case of the flu in most instances, and it is rarely lethal, yet addiction is a word used to excuse drug user's unethical behavior.

What kills me the most is big pharma loves the term abuse. Oxycontin is 10X the cost of generic oxycodone due to its "abuse proof" composition. 

Aren't we all addicted to food? And given that we are, does that give people any excuse to be blameless when we are hungry and indulge in criminal activity?

The solution to food addiction was to make food cheap, safe, and plentiful. With opioids, the "solution" is to make them expensive, rare, and unsafe. Is there any wonder there is a crisis? Anyone for restricting opioids should be forced to admit what they are really doing and sign the statement that "I prefer opioid users buy their drugs on the street where they have no clue as to what they are buying." Maybe we should treating the obese and "drug addicts" the same way. 

 

 

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Mazzy Hikikomori Mon, 05/28/2018 - 19:27 Permalink

Doesn't matter.  People are pissing and shitting out every single thing that enters into their bodies.  Unless you die and are buried with it, you are pissing or shitting it.  Fact.

It's a fucking fact that all these drugs (legalized big-pharma stuff as well as the criminalized stuff) are making their way into our food and water supply.  It doesn't matter whether it's birth control pills, advil, depression meds, energy drink bullshit, etc. etc.  It all gets recycled back into the supply, especially in municipalities.

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Sledge750 Hikikomori Mon, 05/28/2018 - 19:36 Permalink

Then you can eat them.

 

 

Have the three legged salamanders and 6 legged frogs as an appitizer too.

 

Wash it down with some glyphosate. The Monsanto  reps say it's as safe as water!

 

 

As for me and mine, I'll do my best to provide my family non-toxic food and water.

 

 

Don't worry. 

 

I'll save the contaminated stuff for you.

Just provide an address and I'll pay for the shipping.

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lasvegaspersona Hikikomori Mon, 05/28/2018 - 19:54 Permalink

Precisely!!! This is what happens when you allow graduates of journalism school to call themselves 'journalists.' More 'opioid' hysteria. This is almost 100% a fentanyl and heroin issue but  why waste a chance to further control medicine, doctors and patients...and squeeze Big Pharma for donations why you are at it.

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