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Swiss Cities Top Europe Survey for Traces of Cocaine

  • 5 Swiss cities make Europe Top 10 for evidence of cocaine use
  • Researchers studied wastewater for traces of drug in 60 cities

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Swiss financial centers, shunned by some British hedge fund managers for lacking culture and nightlife, are vying with London in a less celebrated ranking: cocaine consumption.

Zurich and Geneva were placed second and fifth in a survey of 60 European cities ranked by residual traces of cocaine in their wastewater. Moreover, pharmaceutical hub Basel, university town St. Gallen and national capital Bern ensured that Switzerland accounted for half the top 10, research by the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction showed.