Some fish got hooked – on meth.
Scientific researchers got brown trout addicted to the drug in a test that had them swimming in a tank with meth-laced water for eight weeks, a study published Tuesday said.
When they were later given an option of a clean stream or one with methamphetamine the trout preferred the tainted water – a sign they were experiencing withdrawal, the researchers said in The Journal of Experimental Biology.
The study, which aimed to test the effects of drugs seeping into natural waterways, also found the trout moved around less after meth exposure than their drug-free counterparts.
The study’s head researcher told CNN that as the drug seeps through the filtration process at water treatment plants, drug-addicted fish could seek out water change behavioral patterns and throw the ecosystem into disarray.
The study aimed to test the effects of drugs seeping into natural waterways.Pavel Horky
Wastewater plants are not equipped to remove drugs such