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European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction. [EMCDDA] (2016) Assessing illicit drugs in wastewater: advances in wastewater-based drug epidemiology. Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union. 18 p.

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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:Evidence resource
Publication Type:Report
Drug Type:Alcohol or other drugs in general
Intervention Type:AOD disorder, Screening
Source:EMCDDA
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:View
Accession Number:HRB 5293 (Available), HRB 5294 (Available)
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Subjects:A Substance use, abuse, and dependence > Prevalence
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Identification and screening > Identification and screening for substance use
R Research > Research and evaluation method
VA Geographic area > Europe

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