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Technical and statistical issues in wastewater-based drug epidemiology

Jason R. Williams, Research Scientist, Alcohol & Drug Abuse Institute, University of Washington

Jason R Williams, Research Scientist

Wastewater-based epidemiology has potential to shed population-level insight on a host of hidden or not otherwise readily measureable phenomena, including measures of health functioning and levels of licit or illicit drug use. It is a relatively young and very multidisciplinary field that has and will continue to benefit from insights from various branches of statistics. In this presentation, we review some of those contributions. We will focus on the various pieces that must be assembled to create estimates of drug use, associated measurement issues, and areas for future improvement.


During the Spring 2020 academic quarter, the CSSS Seminar Series will be conducted online. Please contact Will Brown if you are interested in attending (brownw at uw dot edu).