There is much more cocaine in the Eindhoven sewage than a year ago. This is remarkable, because the last couple of years showed a downward trend. The NOS reports this following an investigation by the European Agency for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA). They test the sewage from quite a number of major cities annually.
In Utrecht there is much more cocaine in the sewage water than previously as well. More than twice as much as last year. An amount that reflects the use of half a kilo of coke per day. That would even be some more in Eindhoven, while Eindhoven has a lot fewer inhabitants than Utrecht.
One explanation for the sudden increase seems to be that there is more cocaine being used, but the Trimbos Institute (Netherlands Institute of Mental Health and Addiction) can’t support that explanation.
Translator: Cyril C