Contact Us

Lubbock Cocaine Usage Tracked Through Texas Tech Wastewater Study

Michael Bradley, Getty Images

Cocaine use in the Hub City rises significantly on the weekends, according to one graduate student at Texas Tech.

Juliet Kinyua, now a doctoral student at Texas Tech in the Institute of Environmental and Human Health, published her findings in the peer-reviewed Journal of Forensic Science while doing her master’s research project.

Kinyua tested sewage water headed for the Lubbock Wastewater Treatment Plant, and found that people in Lubbock used 900 grams of cocaine during an average weekday, but increase their usage by up to 1,200 grams on weekends.

Tech says that assuming 100 milligrams of cocaine makes a dose, that means usage can run from 9,000 and 12,000 doses.

The results were found using a process called sewage epidemiology. The system is more commonly used in Europe to find which neighborhoods use high amounts of illegal drugs, and what types of drugs are being used.

“We collected wastewater on Mondays and Fridays,” said Kinyua. “Mondays were representative of the weekends whereas Fridays were more representative of use during the week.”

A release from the university says that the study may be one of the first peer-reviewed research projects of its kind to publish illegal drug usage evidence found by screening water collected from a sewage treatment facility in the United States.

More From KFYO

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account with your Facebook account, just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing profile and VIP program points. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://kfyo.com using your Facebook account.

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

Register on News/Talk 790 KFYO quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a Member? Sign Up Here.

Sign up for an account to comment, share your thoughts, and earn points to get great prizes.

Register on News/Talk 790 KFYO quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!