Posted by: Lawyer Sanders | August 18, 2009

Kentucky environmental attorney Sanders says whacky American Chemical Society study finds 90% of supply is contaminated with cocaine residue.

A study by the American Chemical Societyfound 90% of paper currency sampled around the United States contains traces of cocaine.  The cocaine apparently binds to the green ink.   Several cities including Detroit, Boston, Baltimore, Miami, Orlando and Los Angeles, had the most highly contaminated money.  The bills with the highest hits of cocaine were $5s, $10s, $20s and $50s.

According to an ACS news release, the scientists studied banknotes from nearly three dozen cities in five countries — the U.S., Canada, Brazil, Japan and China. The two North American countries showed the worst contamination, averaging between 85% and 90%. Brazil’s was 80%. Toronto’s was 88%.

China (20%) and Japan (12%) had the cleanest bills, but the least amount of fun according to one interpretation of the wacky research project.  Then again, there may be a direct correlation between the percentage of bills contaminated with cocaine residue in a particular city and number of jobs lost and decreased property values suffered during the recession. 

Exactly why the ACS conducted this survey is uncertain.  What a waste of time and ability by the ACS.  Don’t we have more important matters facing our society such as health care, energy, and huge deficits?  How about researching the energy efficiency of electric transmission transformers rather than testing money for trace amounts of cocaine?


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