Dortmund: scary numbers! HERE a big problem of the city comes to light
Dortmund. Nobody wants to be number one in this ranking. But also with 18th place Dortmund not a good figure here. Apparently there is a big problem.
Although it is practically invisible, the evidence is just below the city, in the sewage of Dortmund.
Dortmund: scary numbers – THAT is becoming more and more popular in the city
The European Monitoring Center for Drugs and Drug Addiction makes surprising discoveries in wastewater during the corona pandemic. Samples show that cocaine is also consumed in Dortmund. Significant residues were found here.
The fact that the use of ecstasy (MDMA) is decreasing at the same time is not reassuring. Out of a total of 75 cities in 25 European countries, Dortmund is one of the hotspots for drug use. In 18th place, the city is ahead of Paris, but still far from the leader.
In Antwerp, experts have determined a content of 1,582 milligrams per 1,000 population, in Dortmund it is less than a third at 477 milligrams.
Dortmund: Why is cocaine becoming more and more popular? The expert clarifies
João Matias, an analyst at the Observatory, explains why cocaine is now more commonly used than ecstasy. The latter is more of a party drug and is mostly taken at clubs and festivals, most of which were closed or canceled during the pandemic. Cocaine, on the other hand, is more “consumed in confined spaces” and so also during lockdowns.
Some facts about the city of Dortmund:
- was first mentioned in writing in 880 (as ‘Throtmanni’)
- has 588,250 inhabitants (as of December 2019), making it the ninth largest city in Germany
- the largest city in the Ruhr area in terms of area and population
- Signal-Iduna-Park (home stadium of Borussia Dortmund) is Germany’s largest football stadium with over 81,000 seats
- other attractions: Westfalenpark, Dortmunder U, German football museum
- The mayor is Thomas Westphal (SPD)
The analyst also makes another discovery. “Lately we see all the drugs in almost every city. In the past this was not the case, there were stronger regional differences “. Methamphetamine is also consumed more frequently. Here, the Czech Republic is at the forefront with five cities. The German cities of Dresden, Erfurt and Chemnitz follow in ninth, tenth and twelfth place.
Dortmund: What does the wastewater analysis do?
But what exactly are the advantages and disadvantages of such analyzes? Matias knows this allows him to “observe real drug use almost in real time”. “We can clearly see that cocaine or ecstasy use tends to increase over the weekend, so it’s recreational drugs,” the analyst said. “It’s completely different with amphetamine, methamphetamine and cannabis, for example, where wastewater values remain stable throughout the week.”
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However, one problem is the analysis of heroin. This is “difficult to analyze” because it is broken down into morphine in the body. And this is a legal drug. Therefore, heroin does not appear in the statistics of the European Advisory Center on Drugs and Drug Addiction, as the expert explains to “Spiegel”. (mbo)