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Damaging levels of illicit drugs found in river by Glastonbury Festival site

Sep 28, 2021

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Levels of MDMA and cocaine in Whitelake River were so high during the event that scientists fear wildlife, such as an endangered eel species, is suffering.

Experts are urging revellers to use the toilets provided, as drugs can enter waterways through public urination.

Dr Christian Dunn, of Bangor University, NorthWales, said the levels can”disrupt the life cycle of the European eel, potentially derailing conservation efforts”.

He added: “People are aware of plastic pollution, but we also need to raise awareness around drug and pharmaceutical waste, a potentially devastating pollutant.”

Scientists from the university and the Centre for Environmental Biotechnology measured levels of drugs before, during and after the 2019 festival.

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