Money Tests Positive For Cocaine

Scientists presented tests of paper money at a meeting of the American Chemical Society. They took cash from 18 cities, and an overwhelming majority of the bills tested positive for cocaine. Some might have been rolled up to use like a straw. Other bills might have been contaminated in bank counting machines.

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Next time you take out your wallet check the pictures of Abe Lincoln or Ben Franklin see if they seem older than usual. Scientists presented tests of paper money at a meeting of the American Chemical Society. They took cash from 18 cities, and an overwhelming majority of the bills tested positive for cocaine. Some might have been rolled up and used like a straw. Other money might have been contaminated in bank counting machines.

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