Monday, August 17, 2009

9 out of 10 US Dollar Bills Contain Traces Of Cocaine

"Sorry Dude, you're not invited!"

....and the 50 US$ Bills are being used most, according to a study of the University of Massechusetts in Dartmouth.

Lies, lies and statistics...I just hope these tests were carried out before the Fed decided to let the printing presses run? If not, the problem would be much bigger.

Also, can we now assume that 9 out of 10 people in the US use cocaine, this is, including government, Treasury and Fed? If so, where are the parties?
Another example of a lack of transparency! ;)

Update: does somebody know how many 5, 10, 20 and 50 $ Bills are in circulation at the moment? We can so calculate how many kilo's of cocaine is floating around on paper money in the USA.

Contamination of cocaine on paper currency collected in Providence, Novi Michigan and Salt Lake City

Primary Author(s)
Zhuo Zhu, Zhao Luo, Yang Yang, Yuegang Zuo

It is well known that the U.S. paper currency in general circulation is contaminated with cocaine during the exchange, storage, and abuse of the illicit drug. The analysis of the extent of cocaine contamination on the banknotes collected from various cities may provide valuable epidemiological information on the illicit drug abuse. In this study, we determined cocaine on U.S. banknotes collected from Providence, Rhode Island, Novi, Michigan and Salt Lake City, Utah using a modified GC method reported by Zuo et al. (J. Separation Sci., 2008, 31, 2444). The new method comprises a fast ultrasonic aqueous extraction followed by liquid-liquid extraction with hexane and capillary GC separation, identification and quantification. The modified method is accurate and precise with recovery rate of 96.3%. The analytical results indicated that the banknotes collected from Providence were most contaminated with average level of cocaine on $50 denomination being 83.7, on $20 being 39.5, $10 being 23.6 and $5 being 26.1 µg per note.

1 comment:

  1. To my knowledge the counting machines spread the powder. Not every American does Coke. Maybe it is another sign of poverty encroaching the US. Last time I read such a story it was 100's and not lousy 50' with the biggest traces.