Wastewater-based epidemiology and drugs topic page
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. On this page you can find links to various EMCDDA outputs on this topic as well as links to external resources.
Wastewater analysis and drugs — a European multi-city study
The findings of the largest European project to date in the emerging science of wastewater analysis are taken up in this made-for-online tool. The project in question analysed wastewater in more than European cities and towns 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. Available in English, French, German, Portuguese and Spanish.Explore the study findings