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The War on Drugs Just Got Even More Vile: Police to Begin Inspecting Your Poop....

  1. SmokeTwibz

    As the wasteful, immoral war on drugs continues in police states around the world, authorities are always looking for ways to track the use of “illicit” drugs. It’s the intelligence aspect of their war, and some of the methods literally reek. Introducing “sewage epidemiology,” coming soon to a community near you.

    "Sewage epidemiology is a rapidly expanding field that can provide information on illicit drug usage in communities, based on the measured concentrations in samples from wastewater treatment plants."​

    According to the American Chemical Society’s report:

    "The war on drugs could get a boost with a new method that analyzes sewage to track levels of illicit drug use in local communities in real time. The new study, a first-of-its-kind in the U.S., was published in the ACS journal Environmental Science & Technology and could help law enforcement identify new drug hot spots and monitor whether anti-drug measures are working."​

    The thought of authorities slogging through the sludge may be comical, but it represents another example of big brother using our money to monitor our behavior. Drug consumption is a non-violent act upon oneself. The drug trade is made violent in a black market under government prohibition.

    What is the rationale behind attempts at drug eradication and criminalization? It provides a means for government to assert power; it enriches the prison industry and the jackboot industry and politicians. Take these away and there is no logic to the war on drugs.

    Supply is consistently available to meet demand, despite massive amounts of money and effort directed at eradicating supply and criminalizing demand.

    Instead of learning from this history, however, the state continues its meaningless pursuit by turning to things such as sewage epidemiology. While some European countries put this technology to good use by monitoring sewage for environmental toxins, in the U.S. it will be used to repress its citizens.

    Most information on drug use is gathered by the state through surveys, crime statistics, and drug seizures. Analyzing our bodily waste will “help law enforcement identify new drug hot spots.”

    After all, they have to find reasons to use all that fancy new military gear.

    December 21, 2014
    Justin Gardener | The Free Thought Project
    http://thefreethoughtproject.com/war-drugs-police-inspecting-poop/

Comments

  1. guinea.pig
    Re: The War on Drugs Just Got Even More Vile: Police to Begin Inspecting Your Poop...

    This is just scary to think about. Talk about an invasion of privacy! I'm curious to see what goes into the tech and how they're looking to deploy it, too. I can forsee this being tested out on jail and prison populations where they have a captive audience with diminished rights while they're detained before spreading to the rest of us. It'll start with poorer areas where they have fewer resources to fight it and are thus more vulnerable, of course, as things like this are often begun.
  2. Diverboone
    Re: The War on Drugs Just Got Even More Vile: Police to Begin Inspecting Your Poop...

    This technology is not so new. And has been actively in use for almost a decade now. The testing of municipal waste water for illicit drugs is not much different from testing urine for illicit drugs. Most drug testing techniques can be readily adapted for each matrix.
  3. guinea.pig
    Re: The War on Drugs Just Got Even More Vile: Police to Begin Inspecting Your Poop...

    Thanks for the information, Diverboone! I hadn't really thought about it like that and figured the tech would be a bit more complicated than an expansion on drug testing techniques, but what you said makes a lot of sense.
  4. Diab
    Re: The War on Drugs Just Got Even More Vile: Police to Begin Inspecting Your Poop...

    They did this in Australia already. It's part of the massive Ice (What the Aus media calls meth) Epidemic. I heard a report on the radio about it. Police confirm a high percentage of Ice user in An already nutritious and already well known Area for it's drug use.

    Just made me laugh really. No shit Police (pun intended) You've really earned your pay today!
  5. warriortigress
    Re: The War on Drugs Just Got Even More Vile: Police to Begin Inspecting Your Poop...

    I just watched a Vice doc about what they do with our poo... and they went to the labs where they test this sh!t. The Vice guys even said, "Who has the worst poo?" and ever since I wondered if they used the information to determine areas of high drug use. Not that they'd need to. I guess next time I'm really on one I'll be sure to poop in the "nice" neighborhoods' bathrooms. They're often cleaner anyway.
  6. Joe-(5-HTP)
    Re: The War on Drugs Just Got Even More Vile: Police to Begin Inspecting Your Poop...

    The derangement of prohibitionists is such that they would wade through shit just to incarcerate morally innocent people.
  7. guinea.pig
    Re: The War on Drugs Just Got Even More Vile: Police to Begin Inspecting Your Poop...

    Diab, that was twistedly wonderful punnery there. I'd even venture to say it was very tongue-in-cheek, but given the subject there's an associated squick factor . . . ^_~

    They generally are cleaner, Warriortigress, and you also tend to be bothered a lot less when you happen to be using the restroom in one of the nicer areas. Back when I was heavily using I often used this to my advantage, especially if/when I was sick and/or a ways off from home or some place where I knew I could use safely. As for the detection angle, it's not just poop but anything that's flushed that has traces of whatever they're looking for that will show up in their testing. Every flushed baggie, needle, foil with residue, or what have you will also leave a detectable trail in the sewage.

    What bothers me is the possibility that they could, theoretically, narrow it down to a residence and then armed with that 'evidence' use that to get a search warrant, raid that location, and prosecute whomever is there - even if that person is totally innocent. Granted I do realize that my little proposed scenario may be a bit extreme, but crazier things have happened. Where do we as a society draw the lines between public safety and the right to privacy and personal freedom? When I was in high school I took a criminal justice class and our instructor asked a question that provoked a lot of thought and debate: Why should a victimless crime be punished? While I do see that there's a lot of potential good that the use of this technology could very well result in, my concern is that it will be abused.

    I'll likely come back and add more to this line of thought later. I had another point, but have forgotten it for the moment. When it comes back to me, I'll either edit this post to add it in or, if the thread has progressed, make it into a separate reply.
  8. C11H15
    Re: The War on Drugs Just Got Even More Vile: Police to Begin Inspecting Your Poop...

    I couldn't have said it better myself.
    This is the edge of sanity.
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