The team discovered that levels of MDMA and cocaine in the water during the festival were so high it could be harming wildlife further downstream, including rare populations of eels.
Led by Bangor University’s Dr Christian Dunn the scientists are now urging festival-goers of all “greenfield festivals” to use the official toilets provided by organisers as it is believed the drugs can enter nearby rivers through public urination.
Dan Aberg, a Masters student in the School of Natural Sciences worked with Dr Daniel Chaplin from the Centre for Environmental Biotechnology (CEB) to measure levels of illicit drugs before, during and after the Glastonbury Festival when it was last held in 2019. MORE
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