The recent study tested wastewater in 56 European cities in 19 countries.
The recent wastewater analysis was conducted by the European Monitoring Center for Drugs and Drug Addiction testing wastewater in 56 European cities in 19 countries in order “to explore the drug-taking habits of those who live in them. According to Mixmag, the results provide a valuable snapshot of the drug flow through the cities involved, revealing marked geographical variations.” The study has been conducted regularly since 2011.
While Amsterdam’s wastewater has the highest concentration of ecstasy, it also contains a strong concentration of cocaine as well, placing seventh in the study. Other cities with high cocaine residues include Belgium, the Netherlands, Spain and the United Kingdom, while Eastern European countries had the lowest cocaine concentration in wastewater.
Another city that placed high on the analysis is Eindhoven, placing second with residues of ecstasy in wastewater and the most with amphetamine residues.
The high placement of Amsterdam and Eindhoven in the study is speculated to be partly because of the production of these drugs as well as human consumption, with much of Europe’s ecstasy and amphetamines being produced there.