London has been branded the "cocaine capital of Europe" following a study into drug consumption habits across the continent.
Remember how the UK's water supplies were said to be laced with cocaine after purification systems were found to be struggling to deal with the considerable amounts of the drug users were flushing down the toilet along with bodily waste? The European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction in Lisbon has used similar waste samples to build up a picture of drug use across 42 European cites.
Taking relative populations into account, London topped the charts for cocaine use, with 711mg of cocaine detected in waste water per 1,000 people per day. Similarly high levels of ecstasy were found in the capital's waste water. And while other European cities saw cocaine consumption increase towards the weekend, it seems Londoners need a start-of-the-week pick-me-up, with cocaine use peaking on a Tuesday.
The researchers believe that the increasing availability of illegal drugs online, and the anonymous nature of such purchases through darknet portals is fuelling ever-more extravagant recreational drug-taking habits. [Standard]