Wastewater analysis and drugs — a European multi-city study (Perspectives on drugs)


The findings of the largest European project to date in the emerging science of wastewater analysis are taken up in this ‘Perspective on drugs’. The project in question analysed wastewater in around 60 European cities and towns (hereinafter referred to as ‘cities’) to explore the drug-taking habits of those who live in them. The results provide a valuable snapshot of the drug flow through the cities involved, revealing marked geographical variations*.

The POD is currently available in English. It will be available in Spanish, German, French and Portuguese in the coming weeks.

Part of the Perspectives on drugs (PODs) series, launched as part of the European Drug Report package, these designed-for-the-web interactive analyses provide deeper insights into a selection of important issues.

Note that the online version contains additional interactive or audiovisual material not available in the PDF version.

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Table of contents

  • Analysis: results from a European multi-city study
  • Interactive: explore the data from the study
  • Terms and definitions
  • Understanding the wastewater method, and addressing ethical issues
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