Is That Cocaine on Your Money? Apparently


Here’s a statistic I find hard to believe: an analysis of more than 200 banknotes in 18 U.S. cities found they had come in contact with cocaine.


The study was released at a meeting of the American Chemical Society a few weeks back. It made me go after the numbers of cocaine users in this country to determine if the drug was indeed that ubiquitous. The U.S. Office of Drug Control Policy says about 2 million Americans used Cocaine in 2007.

Those 2 million Americans, then, must go through a lot of bills in snorting the drug. Why? Less than one percent of the American population (around 300 million) used coke. But 90 percent of our currency had the stimulant on its banknotes.

Interestingly, notes the Scientific American, there was more residue on $5s, $10s, and $20s than on $1s and $100s.

2 thoughts on “Is That Cocaine on Your Money? Apparently

  1. Why are they carrying dirty money in a bag of clean cocaine they are going to inhale?? Besides, I thought drug users were always laundering the money.

    Just kidding, I’m not that dumb. The $100’s are probably freer of contaminants because users are too broke to have them, and the $1’s are less contaminated because those that broke can’t afford it.

  2. More likely they use $5, $10 and $20 because they feel cheap using a $1 bill and they blew thier $100 bill on the coke..This smarter not harder folks!!

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