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February Meeting

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Thursday February 22, 2018 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
2255 East Wood St, Paris, TN  (map)

Are Illicit Drugs Consumed More During Celebrations?
Dr. Bikram Subedi, Assistant Professor of Anayltical Chemistry, Murray State University

Dinner @ 6:00, Presentation @ 7:00

Fresh Market Restaurant
2255 East Wood St, Paris, TN  38242

Choice of pork chops, grilled chicken, pasta primavera
$10 ($5 for students)

Bring your children for the Science Center:  Fun with Magnetism!

Abstract: Conventionally, the consumption rate of drugs in a community is determined based on self-reported surveys, overdose/toxicological reports, and drug-related crime statistics. Cost-intensive conventional methods are, therefore, prone to underestimate community use of drugs. An analytical method was developed capable of determining trace level residues of drugs in wastewater. Drug’s residues were utilized - Sewage Epidemiology - to determine the consumption rate of drugs during special events in Western Kentucky. Per-capita consumption of methamphetamine and amphetamine were the highest ever reported in the USA. While the opioid epidemic has been declared as a national public health emergency, codeine and hydrocodone were the most consumed prescription opioids. The discharged wastewater was also found to be a source of several neuropsychiatric and illicit drugs into the receiving creek and river.

Speaker Bio: Dr. Bikram Subedi received his M.S. at Tribhuvan University in Kathmandu, Nepal, then his Ph.D. at Baylor University. Prior to joining Murray State University, Dr. Subedi worked as a Senior Research Scientist at Lancaster Eurofins Laboratory at Eli Lilly and as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Wabash College. Dr. Subedi is interested in improving students' learning curiosity by incorporating the real-world applications of newly developed analytical methods in undergraduate and graduate teaching. Overall, Dr. Subedi is refining his teaching capabilities and expanding research expertise at Murray State University.


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