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Method Development and Monitoring of Illicit Drugs in the Influents of the Six Wastewater Treatment Plants of Cyprus

Program at a glance

Funding Agency

National Addictions Authority of Cyprus

Program Period

March 2022 – March 2023

Action Acronym

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Action Name

Method Development and Monitoring of Illicit Drugs in the Influents of the Six Wastewater Treatment Plants of Cyprus

Project Coordinator

Nireas-International Water Research Center, University of Cyprus, Cyprus

Total Budget

49940 €

Budget for Nireas-IWRC

49940 €

Objectives

In this research activity, the concentration of illicit drugs such as amphetamine, methamphetamine, methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA), tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cocaine using as tracer its major metabolite, benzoylecgonine, are investigated, by means of an ultra-high performance liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry method. This research activity involves a weekly sampling campaign once every three months, at the 6 major UWTPs of Cyprus, which serve the five most populated areas of the island. The concentrations of the drugs in influent wastewater are determined and the daily consumption of each drug through back calculations is also estimated for each site. This collaboration was initiated in 2018 and it is annually renewed.

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