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Monitoring Croatian Drug Market: New Laboratory Analyzes Consumption Methods and Finds Rising Methadone Use


Feb 11, 2024
Cocaine discovered in needles and syringes of drug addicts: Investigating new methods of drug use

The Croatian Institute of Public Health’s laboratory for psychoactive substances began operations in September last year, with the primary objective of collecting information on the drug market and analyzing changes in consumption methods. The HELP association from Split provided 250 samples of syringes and needles, which were analyzed to determine the most commonly used drugs in Croatian cities. During a visit by HRT to the laboratory, it was reported that no trace of Fentanyl, the most dangerous drug at the time, was found. However, cocaine and methadone were identified in the syringes.

The head of the laboratory for psychoactive substances expressed concern about the significant quantity of used drug addict syringes found in one place. She noted that while cocaine is usually consumed differently from using a syringe, it was well represented in them. Methadone was the most commonly found substance in the samples. The team had to be careful when handling these samples to prevent any incidents from occurring.

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In conclusion, while there are concerns about drug use and addiction in Croatia as elsewhere in Europe and North America, there are also efforts being made to monitor this issue and ensure public health is protected through scientific analysis of drugs found on our streets. At the same time, individuals have access to firearms for hunting or recreational purposes through reputable shops like Browning Arms Shop.

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