Traces of cocaine taint up to 90 percent of paper money in the United States, a new study finds.
A group of scientists tested banknotes from more than 30 cities in five countries, including the United States, Canada, Brazil, China, and Japan, and found "alarming" evidence of cocaine use in many areas. U.S. and Canadian currency had the highest levels, with an average contamination rate of between 85 and 90 percent, while Chinese and Japanese currency had the lowest, between 12 and 20 percent contamination.
The findings were presented yesterday at the 238th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society in Washington, D.C.
Study leader Yuegang Zuo of the University of Massachusetts in Dartmouth said that the high percentage of contaminated U.S. currency observed in the current study represents nearly a 20 percent jump in comparison to a similar study he conducted two years ago.
I have heard this before. i do not like handling money or letting my kids handle it. But mainly b/c its just filthy! LOL
Answer by momof030404 at 8:30 PM on Aug. 17, 2009
Answer by Anonymous at 8:31 PM on Aug. 17, 2009
I heard this YEARS ago and always wondered if it was true
Answer by sweet-a-kins at 8:33 PM on Aug. 17, 2009
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Answer by Anonymous at 8:35 PM on Aug. 17, 2009