There is more cocaine in London's sewers than any other city in Europe

Bethan McKernan@mck_beth
Friday 05 June 2015 11:50

Today in Broken Britain we have this news: London has a higher concentration of cocaine in its sewage than anywhere else in Europe.

The UK capital nudged out Amsterdam to win the top spot in the Cocaine In Sewers League Table (yes, that's a real thing) in drug use data in 50 cities compiled by the EMCDDA.

The research shows that 737mg of cocaine was flushed away per 1,000 Londoners every day last year. Amsterdam was a close second with 716mg per 1,000 people, and Antwerp in Belgium came in third with 632mg.

European city sewer systems with the highest concentrations of cocaine (per 1,000 people):

1. London - 727.3mg

2. Amsterdam - 716.4mg

3. Antwerp - 632.7mg

4. Zurich - 598.3mg

5. Barcelona - 461.1mg

6. Basel - 453.5mg

7. Geneva - 447.6mg

8. Eindhoven - 380.8mg

9. Valencia - 278.2mg

10. Bern - 365.1mg

Source: European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction

Amsterdam came top in Europe for the concentration of cannabis in waste water, while London had the fourth highest amount of ecstasy. London had no discernible traces of meth, speed or cannabis, meaning, according to the contents of our toilets, cocaine is our favourite drug by far.

Cocaine is definitely still a drug associated with wealth, with four Swiss cities testing highest in Europe for traces of it in sewage systems.

Last year it was revealed by the UK's Drinking Water Inspectorate that cocaine use is so widespread that the metabolised form of the drug has entered the drinking water supply.

What a time to be alive.

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