Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Almost all U.S. Money is Laced with Cocaine

A recent study done at the University of Massachusetts, has shown that 90 percent of our money is laced with cocaine. Baltimore, Boston and Detroit were the top cities on the list. The study was performed worldwide. Canada and the US were on the top of the world list, while Japan and China were at the bottom.

The study was conducted on paper bills and contamination is presumed to have occurred during drug deals and people snorting the drug through rolled up bills. But other factors that can contribute to contamination is using currency-counting machines. Traces of cocaine can contaminate bills that weren't even involved with cocaine. When banks use these machines, they can spread the cocaine traces from dirty bills to clean ones.

Which raises the question of, what else is money contaminated with? The possibilities are endless! I wonder what other particle traces are found in our money? Besides just billions of DNA, there sure are other traces. I'm sure traces of marijuana, tobacco and other drugs showed up. Viruses and bacteria can surely travel through paper currency and so can other substances. We all know that money goes through many hands.

Should Americans spend money on studies such as these? The University of Massachusetts study was done to help track crime trends and help police track dealers, but with banks using machines that spread traces everywhere else, I think this study was a waste of time and money. We should be focused on studies to improve our agriculture, our energy resources, medical research, etc. The real results of this University of Massachusetts' study is that it was pointless.
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