Rome leads Italy in cocaine use, waste-water tests show

But consumption down overall

Rome leads Italy in cocaine use, waste-water tests show

Rome, May 28 - Waste-water analysis shows that Milan has slipped into third place behind Rome and Naples in terms of cocaine use in Italy, the drug czar said Tuesday. "The data analysis of wastewater shows that the highest consumption of cocaine is in Rome, followed by Naples then Milan," said Giovanni Serpelloni, head of the national anti-drug department, citing tests in which city sewage was analyzed across the country. But overall consumption appears to be down. According to the European Drug Report 2013, released Tuesday, Italy is among five countries on the continent that witnessed a steady drop in cocaine use in 2011. The others are Denmark, Ireland, Spain and Britain. The study, compiled by the European Monitoring Center for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA), said treatment requests for cocaine abuse were also down in these countries. Cocaine seizures were down across the EU, from 100,000 in 2008 to 86,000 in 2011, while the quantities of those seizures were cut in half. Heroine and cannabis use was also down in Europe. "But drug use in Europe remains high," the report said, citing one in four adult Europeans, or roughly 85 million people, who used an illegal drug in 2011.

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