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Wastewater analysis

Activities in the area of wastewater analysis

Wastewaters

Analysing communal wastewaters for drugs and their metabolic products in order to estimate their consumption in the community is a developing field, involving scientists working in different research areas, including analytical chemistry, physiology and biochemistry, sewage engineering, spatial epidemiology and statistics, and conventional drug epidemiology.

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In 2015 this Europe-wide study, which includes over 60 cities, revealed a picture a distinct geographical and temporal patterns of drug use across European cities.

Sixteen cities have participated in four or five of the annual wastewater monitoring campaigns since 2011, which allows for five-year time trend analysis of drug consumption based on wastewater testing.

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In 2010, the Europe-wide network (Sewage Analysis CORE Group — Europe) was established with the aim of standardising the approaches used for wastewater analysis and coordinating international studies through the establishment of a common protocol of action. The first activity of the SCORE group was a Europe-wide investigation, performed in 2011 in 19 European cities. Following the success of this initial study, comparable studies were undertaken over the following four years, covering up to 21 European countries in 20125.

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Common protocol
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WBE Ethical guidelines
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About the EMCDDA

The European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) is the reference point on drugs and drug addiction information in Europe. Inaugurated in Lisbon in 1995, it is one of the EU's decentralised agencies. Read more >>

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Page last updated: Wednesday, 09 November 2016