Cocaine Tainted Money
More than 99 percent of London’s bank notes are tainted with cocaine, reports the Guardian newspaper. Experts tested 500 bank notes and found that 496 contained traces of the drug. Contamination begins when notes are handled by drug users. These notes, in turn, contaminate other currency when they are sorted by bank machines or stored together. Cocaine has become Britain’s fastest-growing recreational drug among those aged 20 to 24. According to the London-based Youth Awareness Project, teenagers use cocaine because they feel that it enhances their reputation and increases their power.