TAMWORTH’S wastewater is being tested for drugs this year, following Tamworth Council’s decision to sign up to the national program targeting ice.
The National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Pilot Program is being funded through the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission, with the research carried out by the University of Queensland (UQ).
Tamworth is one of 30 sites nationwide to take part in the first program of it’s type, which hopes to use the findings to inform law enforcement and health and policy responses to drug problems, as well as measure the effectiveness of existing responses.
The first report of the findings will be published at the end of March, although individual site results will be protected according to TRC’s Director of Water and Waste Bruce Logan.
“TRC has signed a confidentiality agreement with UQ. It is understood that publicly released findings will protect the identity of each participating city,” Mr Logan said.