The European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) published the results of the latest international SCORE monitoring campaign (SCORE 2022), which aims to track trends in illicit drug use.
In 2022, 118 municipalities, 132 wastewater treatment plants and 41 laboratories participated in the study, including the Group for organic analysis (Department of Environmental Sciences, Jožef Stefan Institute) under the supervision of Prof. Dr Ester Heath. Among the Slovenian municipalities participating in SCORE 2022, Ljubljana had the highest mass loads of most of the targeted drug residues, including benzoylecgonine (a cocaine biomarker), MDMA (an ecstasy biomarker), and methamphetamine. The highest amphetamine loads, as in previous years, were observed in Velenje. THC-COOH (THC biomarker) had the highest mass load in Koper, followed by Ljubljana. In terms of average mass loads, except for Ljubljana, which ranked fifth among 15 municipalities that provided data on ketamine, none of the remaining participating Slovenian municipalities ranked among the top 20 municipalities.