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Fish on drugs more likely to drop out of schools

CARMEN SMITH RESERVOIR: This month, an inventory of local fish populations took a turn for the extraordinary at the eastern end of the McKenzie Valley. Researchers from the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife’s fish health lab had noticed strange behaviors and increased mortality in several rainbow trout. Anglers had found the live fish floating in the Carmen Smith Reservoir.

Initial tests didn’t detect any typical pathogens. By chance, one researcher forwarded their samples to the Oregon State Police’s Springfield crime lab. There, a Gas Chromatograph Mass Spectrometry (GC/MS) instrument was used to confirm high concentrations of methylenedioxymethamphetamine .

In humans, MDMA can act as both a stimulant and a psychedelic, sometimes distorting perceptions of time or tactile

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