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Cocaine Found on Most Dollar Bills Circulating in U.S., Canada

Nine out of ten banknotes circulating in cities in the U.S. and Canada are tainted with cocaine, according to a news report published by National Geographic News.

“What’s more, researchers were surprised to find hints that more Americans are using the illegal drug,” writes our staff editor, Christine Dell’Amore.

University of Massachusetts in Dartmouth researchers collected banknotes in Brazil, Canada, the U.S., China, and Japan. A higher percentage of notes circulating in the U.S. and Canada were found to be tainted with cocaine than in the other countries sampled.

Dell’Amore was interviewed yesterday about her story by RT (Russia Today). Watch the clip below. Read the full National Geographic News story here: Cocaine on Money: Drug Found on 90% of U.S. Bills.

Video broadcast by RT

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  • valerian42

    A few years ago I read about a drug list of all drugs found and on what average number of American bills and it was shockingly scaring. I hope Obama will be able to make a difference and dramatically reduce this cocaine problem, something really needs to be done.

  • PaulJCollins

    The drug trade and the use of drugs is increasing which is ofcourse a problem,I just wonder if the drug trade can keep up with the amount of money the government keeps printing every year! The way Obama is going we will be flooded with cash.
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  • philipandrews1

    Interesting notion here, I wonder if the drug trade is doing better than the tax payers economy…also I have read that the use of “Ice” is more prevalent than cocaine these days…
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