Las Vegas, Nevada 2022-08-05 02:17:14 –
Grant-funded research conducted at CSN
LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Two major events in Las Vegas have brought enormous numbers, millions of dollars, and a massive increase in prescription and illegal drugs to the waters that flow into Lake Mead.
On May 8, the News Now I-Team reported that researchers and students from the Department of Science and Mathematics at the University of Southern Nevada participated. Global survey to investigate The impact of pharmaceuticals on the world’s waterways.
As part of the project, the team took samples above and below the Las Vegas Wash, a 12-mile-long channel that moves treated wastewater from the Las Vegas Valley to Lake Mead.
Researchers continued their studies and found that several medicines and drugs increased during the NFL Draft and Electric Daisy Carnival.
The draft was held on the Las Vegas Strip in late April, drawing an estimated 250,000 visitors to the area. Las Vegas Motor’s EDC, his three-day festival at his speedway, took place in late May. The festival drew about 160,000 people each night.
“Two distinct groups emerged,” said the school’s dean, Dr. Doug Sims.
Sims is leading a massively funded study on a mission to find out what tourists, as well as people in Southern Nevada, are leaving behind.
sims The study found 28 compounds These include antidepressants, opioids, drugs to treat acid reflux, allergies, cough, diabetes, high blood pressure, muscle spasms, neuralgia, and shingles.
“What we do as humans affects the wider environment and food webs, so it’s important to look at what’s happening to the natural environment,” he said.
The data before and after the draft and the EDC point to two specific drug signatures, he said.
During the NFL Draft, Sims noted an influx of antidepressants and drugs to reduce high blood pressure and cholesterol. Sims said the increases in these chemicals are statistically significant compared to other data compiled by week.
During and several days after EDC, Las Vegas wastewater contained noticeable spikes of MDMA, also known as ecstasy or molly.
A Sims study found that the amount of MDMA flowing through the Las Vegas Wash on the Monday after EDC was 300 times higher than levels recorded before the festival began.
The result is expressed in parts per trillion. Levels are not yet harmful to humans, but other organisms do not have the privilege of high-tech treatment facilities.His amount of MDMA in his washings on Monday, May 30 was about 2,100 ppt. Sims said the numbers dropped after a spike.
“MDMA from 10 parts per trillion on a normal day to 2,100 parts/trillion per day during or shortly after that event is clearly a hallmark of the event itself,” he said.
Washing also saw increases in ketamine and pain relievers over the same weekend.
“They wake up the next morning and take another medication to ease the pain from partying all night,” Sims said.
Agents that run into Lake Mead have no effect on drinking water from the reservoir.
“All potable water processed and distributed by the Southern Nevada Water Authority meets or exceeds the Safe Drinking Water Act and health-based standards,” a spokesperson said. said in a May statement when the article aired. “Over the past 20 years, SNWA has also developed and implemented state-of-the-art methods to monitor water supplies for pharmaceuticals, illicit drugs and related metabolites.”
Sims hopes his work will show how these compounds affect the smaller creatures and creatures that large animals like humans rely on.
“It’s very low for you and me, but for fish there are a lot of potentially dangerous substances,” Sims said.
Over time, these trace levels will only increase as Las Vegas’ groundwater shrinks and wastewater volumes increase.
Las Vegas Metro Police made 39 arrests and issued 13 misdemeanor summonses during the EDC.