How Bad Are Things In Seattle? Even The Shellfish Are On Opioids

The city of Seattle is in big trouble and the voters only have themselves to thank for it.

Recent local elections have allowed far-left zealots to occupy the city council and the mayor’s office and to impose their will on businesses and residents to promote their socialist causes and wage war on the Trump administration.

In recent months Seattle has imposed an onerous beverage tax on consumers, imposed a massive business tax to redistribute wealth to the homeless that have overrun the Emerald City and are on the brink of pushing through a crushing property tax hike that already has productive citizens screaming in pain.

Like many other major U.S. cities that are run by Democrats, this one is rapidly on the way to becoming a shithole.

How bad are things in Seattle? Even the freaking shellfish are on opioids.

Via CBS News “Mussels off the coast of Seattle test positive for opioids”:

As more and more American communities grapple with opioid addiction, the human toll of the epidemic has grown in both scope and severity. And now, scientists at the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife have found evidence that drug’s impact has literally flowed downstream to affect marine life, as well.

Specifically, they used mussels as a barometer of pollution in the waters off Seattle, and discovered that oxycodone is now present enough in the marine environment there for shellfish to test positive.

Since mussels are “filter feeders,” they absorb contaminants from their environment into their tissues in a concentrated way. Scientists used cages to transplant clean mussels from an aquaculture source on Whidbey Island to 18 urbanized locations around Puget Sound. Several months later, they pulled those previously uncontaminated mussels back out of the urban waters and, together with the Puget Sound Institute, tested them again.

In three of the 18 locations, the mussels then tested positive for trace amounts of oxycodone.

Additional details Via KIRO-7 Seattle:

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife gets clean mussels from Penn Cove on Whidby Island and puts them into areas they want to test for water contamination – like in urban waters.

And they’ve discovered there’s enough oxycodone in Elliot Bay for mussels to test positive.

“What we eat and what we excrete goes into the Puget Sound,” said Jennifer Lanksbury, a biologist at the WA Department of Fish and Wildlife.

“It’s telling me there’s a lot of people taking oxycodone in the Puget Sound area. The contamination is likely coming from wastewater treatment plants,” Lanksbury said.

After people consume oxycodone, some of it ends up in the toilet, and it goes into wastewater. The water gets filtered, but King County Wastewater Management tells KIRO7 although their system can catch a lot of contaminants, it can’t specifically filter out drugs.

Lovely isn’t it? This story gives an entirely new meaning to the term baked mussels.

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