Cocaine in your wallet?

Researchers find traces of cocaine on 85 per cent of Canadian bank notes


In the largest study of its kind, researchers analyzed bank notes from countries around the world and reported that cocaine is present in up to 85 per cent of Canadian notes, and 90 per cent of notes from the United States. Of the samples taken from 30 cities in five countries—Brazil, Canada, China, Japan and the United States—the U.S. and Canada had the highest rate of contamination. Contaminated notes from Canada had a range of 2.4 micrograms to over 2,530 micrograms of coke per bank note. China and Japan had the lowest levels of contamination, between 12 and 20 per cent. The authors say the study suggests that cocaine abuse is still rampant and may even be on the rise in some cities.

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Cocaine in your wallet?

  1. If I remember correctly from a prior study, the issue wasn't that 85% of notes had been used to snort cocaine, but that when notes were run through automatic sorting machines at banks, the one note with cocaine on it would get residue on all the others. So, I'm not sure that this proves that cocain use is rampant or on the rise.

  2. Really interesting point Charles. And if you're right, it makes the study's results or suggestions seem quite spurious.

  3. "Cocaine's a hell of a drug."

  4. Will not affect me much. No money in my wallet after the government gets thru taking their inflated share. Will be a lot less after the BC govt scams me with their hst.

    • Neither PST nor GST is charged on cocaine, so users will remain largely unaffected. The cost of some inputs (plastic zip lock baggies, scales) and accessories (straws, razor blades, small mirrors, etc.) might rise or fall slightly.

  5. OK. I just ate like sixty bucks and I don't feel anything. Someone pull this story.

  6. I would love to do coke with the Queen. She's definitely worth $20!