According to some new research, Shreveport may have become the new meth capital of the United States. That, or there could be a weird coincidence within the city.

Research from the Louisiana Addiction Research Center shows that the wastewater in Shreveport has TWICE as much methamphetamines than anywhere else in the United States. Not just slightly higher...DOUBLE.

This information was given to local leaders during a a roundtable discussion at Bossier Parish Community College. Dr. Nicholas Goeders from the Louisiana Addiction Research Center at LSU Health Shreveport hosted the discussion, and brought the research for everyone. According to KPVI, Dr. Goeders presented two possibilities:

"The amount of meth in our wastewater is incredible. It either means everybody is using meth, which I don't know if everybody is, or some people are using a lot of methamphetamines. It is a huge problem in Shreveport. And I believe it's a huge problem in all of Region 7"

So there are two options according to the research:  1. Everyone is using meth or 2. Some people are using a lot of methamphetamines.

In case you weren't aware of what wastewater actually is, its used water. It comes from homes and businesses; sinks, toilets, washing machines, dishwashers, etc. Methamphetamines are traceable inside wastewater, which can be used to trace usage among populations using shared wastewater pools.

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The large amount of methamphetamines in Shreveport's wastewater creates a whole new set of problems according to Dr. Goeders:

"Is methamphetamine getting into some of our lakes? There are people that live on properties that have septic tanks and then it's sprayed up on their land and then does it somehow run off into the lakes, does it get into the water the streams and that's something that we want to look at, is it an environmental concern?" 

According to Dr. Goeders, there's no danger to those using clean water from the Shreveport water system. That's because the waste waters is disinfected and treated before its used.

Law enforcement officers have been working with the Louisiana Addiction Research Center as well. Discussing issues with meth in their areas, and responding to research surveys for the center. Officials from Caddo, Bossier, Bienville, Claiborne, DeSoto, Red River, Sabine, and Webster Parishes have all been involved.

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