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European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction. (2016) Assessing illicit drugs in wastewater: advances in wastewater-based drug epidemiology. Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union.

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Assessing illicit drugs in wastewater: advances in wastewater-based drug epidemiology reviews a new approach to estimating drug use in populations, based on the detection and quantification of drugs and their metabolic products in community wastewater. Strengths of the wastewater-based approach include avoiding the problems associated with questionnaire-based research, better identification of the drugs being used and being able to provide near-real-time results, with the power to identify trends in drug use patterns, over time and geographically. Novel uses of the approach are explored, such as the early detection of new psychoactive substances on the drug market. The report also looks at the limitations to the approach and how these can be overcome for this new tool to take its place in the drug epidemiologist’s toolkit.


Item Type
Report
Publication Type
Irish-related, International, Report
Drug Type
Substances (not alcohol/tobacco)
Intervention Type
Screening / Assessment
Source
Date
March 2016
Call No
Ref. EMCDDA
Pages
18 p.
Publisher
Publications Office of the European Union
Corporate Creators
European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction
Place of Publication
Luxembourg
EndNote
Accession Number
HRB 5293 (Available), HRB 5294 (Available)
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