Wastewater Analysis for Substance Abuse Monitoring and Policy Development

Jeremy Prichard, Wayne Hall, Kenneth Kirkbride, Jake O'Brien

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This book addresses how to estimate substance use and thereby evaluate policies intended to reduce the harms caused by drugs and other substances. Wastewater analysis (WWA) can provide efficient, affordable, fine-grained and objective data on population substance use trends on a very large scale.

The authors discuss the potential implications of WWA as a new method for understanding substance use in a variety of settings and ignite a discourse with policy makers, criminologists, epidemiologists and other disciplines about the need for collaboration with WWA scientists. The book also features an explanation of the costs and harms of substance use with academic literature from criminological and epidemiological sources and reports from lead agencies.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Number of pages178
ISBN (Electronic)9780429025709
ISBN (Print)9780367132903
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • LAW / Forensic Science
  • SCIENCE / Chemistry / Analytic
  • SCIENCE / Chemistry / General
  • estimation of substance use
  • Wastewater analysis (WWA)
  • policy development
  • Policy evaluation
  • population substance use trends
  • collaboration with WWA scientists
  • criminology
  • Epidemiology
  • origin of wastewater analysis


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