Illegal drug production is taking a toll on nature in Belgium and The Netherlands

Most are aware of the large-scale environmental and humanitarian impact of cocaine production in South America. But in Europe, secret drug labs are dumping waste and causing irreparable damage.

Over the past ten years, Belgium and The Netherlands have secured their spots as global synthetic drug suppliers. Over 500 drugs labs have been discovered and taken hold of by police, while others continue producing MDMA and amphetamines. 

As these illicit substances are sold under-the-counter, legal thresholds for waste treatment can’t be enforced. Drug…

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