Study of Illicit Drug Use in Slovakia Based on Wastewater Analysis (article)

Mackulak, T., J. Skubak, R. Grabic, J. Ryba, L. Birosova, G. Fedorova, V. Spalkova, and I. Bodik. “National Study of Illicit Drug Use in Slovakia Based on Wastewater Analysis.” Science of the Total Environment 494–95 (2014): 158–65. Analysis of “illicit drugs and their metabolites in wastewater from eight selected wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) in Slovakia.” Estimates that “Slovakia has one of highest methamphetamine consumption rates in Europe,” that “amphetamine, ecstasy and cannabis consumption” during the period of the study were “comparable to that found in other European cities,” and “cocaine consumption was lower.” Also notes that different kinds of music festivals corresponded with different kinds of drugs; one kind of festival corresponds with a spike in ecstasy use and another corresponds with a spike in methamphetamine and cocaine use.

On the Narcocorrido

Chris Muniz, “Narcocorridos and the Nostalgia of Violence: Postmodern Resistance En La Frontera,” Western American Literature 48, no. 1 (2013): 56–69. Study of the narcocorrido, a “musical derivation of the traditional polka-and waltz-like corrido.” Argues that it “not only operates as a narrative form of geopolitical intervention, reflection, and critique, but one that serves to illuminate the tragically perverse, historical paradoxes that have produced this musical form within the context of both the referential past and the present of its making.”

Drinking and smoking looks fun in Australian Saturday morning music video programs

Rebecca Johnson et al., “Legal Drug Content in Music Video Programs Shown on Australian Television on Saturday Mornings,” Alcohol and Alcoholism 48, no. 1 (2013): 119–125. Describes Saturday morning music video programs from the fall of 2011; finds that approximately one-third contained references to alcohol and/or tobacco. Notes that “References to alcohol generally associated it with fun and humour, and alcohol and tobacco were both overwhelmingly presented in contexts that encouraged, rather than discouraged, their use” despite the fact that “In Australia, Saturday morning is generally considered a children’s television viewing timeslot, and several broadcaster Codes of Practice dictate that programs shown on Saturday mornings must be appropriate for viewing by audiences of all ages.”