People really love taking cocaine in Barcelona. The Spanish city is the European capital for the drug, according to a new study.
Barcelona has the highest daily cocaine consumption in Europe. With a daily consumption of 965.2mg of the drug per 1000 residents, followed by Zurich, Antwerp, St Gallen and Geneva.
Carried out by the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug addiction
Researchers tested waste water, such as sewage, for drug reside to collect their results and also looked at for other forms of illegal chemicals.
They found the Netherlands has a preference for MDMA, with three of the country’s cities ranking in the top ten, and Germany leads the EU for crystal meth use.
Researchers concluded that cocaine use is increasing in western and southern Europe along with misuse of opioid drugs such as prescription painkillers.
The study states: “This year’s report highlights some potentially worrying changes in the market for illicit opioids, the substances that continue to be associated with a high level of morbidity and mortality in Europe.
“We note the overall increase in opioid-related overdose deaths as well as the increasing reports of problems linked with opioid substitution medications and new synthetic opioids.”
The analysis was based on data from 43 million people.