Crack and cocaine consumption is increasing significantly in Switzerland

Crack and cocaine consumption is increasing significantly in Switzerland
Crack and cocaine consumption is increasing significantly in Switzerland

Published on June 16, 2024 at 4:25 p.m. / Modified on June 16, 2024 at 4:26 p.m.

“An invisible wave of cocaine is sweeping over us.” In the Tages-AnzeigerBoris Quednow, professor of pharmacopsychology at the University of Zurich, is blunt: “With the current widespread distribution, we can expect to have a bigger problem with this substance in ten years.”

And for good reason: new data from the federal government based on wastewater measurements from ten Swiss cities, relayed by the NZZ am Sonntag, show that drug residues increased by a third between 2021 and 2023. The Federal Office of Public Health was also able, for the first time, to detect crack separately during these same analyses, with surprises to the key. Contrary to what one might imagine, it is not Geneva which dominates crack consumption in Switzerland, but Lausanne and Chur, followed by Schwyz, Zurich and Bern.

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