Just the other day we were reminiscing about how all the cash we were paid each morning after working in after-hours clubs back in the ’80s in New York was caked with enough cocaine to get a bit of a buzz off. The flattened bills either showed neat creases from having served as envelopes to hold the coke or were curled from being rolled into tubes to snort the coke. Either way, the money (mostly ones, sadly) had residue – even after copious licking.
Now the Huffington Post reports that a Congress-chartered study by the American Chemical Society has found that 90 percent of US paper money today contains traces of cocaine. Ninety percent! The United States and Canada had the highest level of the five countries looked at. The new study was presented today at the 238th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society and suggests that cocaine abuse is still rampant and may be on the rise. But the study’s leader, Dr Yuegang Zuo, is quick to point out that “you can’t get high by sniffing a regular banknote, unless it was used directly in drug uptake or during a drug exchange.” Which is how, back then, it worked for us.