Wastewater Analysis of Drug Use in Europe

A recent study has delved into the drug-taking habits of people residing in 88 cities across Europe, spanning 24 countries, including 23 member states of the European Union as well as Turkey. The study relied on the analysis of wastewater to obtain new data on the drug usage patterns of the inhabitants in these cities. The results showed:

– That there has been a persistent rise in cocaine usage.

– There is a new rise in MDMA usage.

– Ketamine usage has increased in half of the cities.

– The highest detection of cannabis was found in southern and western Europe.


These findings suggest that drug use is on the rise. Randox Toxicology provides solutions for routine drug screening. Our range of versatile analysers can detect up to 44 drugs of abuse per sample. They can be used in a variety of industries, including workplaces, rehabilitation centres, festivals, prisons, emergency/hospitals, airports, and the transport and mining industry.


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