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Web Date: September 12, 2016

Drug use in Athens rose dramatically after economic crisis

Concentrations of legal and illegal drugs in wastewater skyrocketed after the Greek economic collapse in 2010
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Analytical SCENE, Environmental SCENE
Keywords: water, Greece, austerity, public health, wastewater, drugs, antipsychotics, antidepressants, economic crisis

In Greece, the situation for many people has been dire in recent years: Unemployment is near 30%, and the public sector has been slashed due to austerity measures imposed by the European Union. A new study looking at the Greek capital’s wastewater shows how the public has responded to the societal stress: The use of many legal and illegal substances—particularly antipsychotics and antidepressants—has skyrocketed since the EU bailout plan took effect in 2010 (Environ. Sci. . . .

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