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    Cocaine found on 100% of Irish Euro notes



    At least now we can tell where all the SSIA money is going [img]smileys/wink.gif[/img]


    One hundred percent of banknotes in the Republic of Ireland carry traces of cocaine, a new study has found.


    Researchers used the latest forensic techniques that would detect even the tiniest fragments to study a batch of 45 used banknotes.


    The scientists at Dublin's City University said they were "surprised by their findings".


    Some of the notes had such high levels of cocaine on them that it is thought they were used to snort the drug. <!- E SF ->


    Others had much lower traces and may have been cross-contaminated, perhaps in the wallets or pockets of users.


    Growing cocaine use


    The results fit with scientific findings from other countries such as the UK and Spain where cocaine has also been found on a high proportion of notes.


    Cocaine particles stick to the cotton that is contained within the notes.


    Cocaine use is thought to be growing in Ireland. Professor Brett Paul, whose paper was published in a journal of the Royal Society of Chemistry in the UK, said it demonstrated how widespread the use of cocaine is.


    The study also found that higher value banknotes, such as 20 and 50 euros, were more likely to contain greater traces of the drug.


    In recent weeks there has been fresh focus in Ireland on the use of drugs in society.


    Dublin has seen a number of murders that have been linked to drugs gangs and Ireland's justice minister has said that those who buy cocaine are helping to finance such groups.


    One newspaper editorial said that the trend of cocaine use showed that there is something rotten at the heart of Ireland's economic boom.<!- E BO ->
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    #2
    Originally posted by fitzy73
    Researchers used the latest forensic techniques that would detect even the tiniest fragments to study a batch of 45 used banknotes.
    How many banknotes are in circulation?

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      #3
      From Celtic tiger to coked tiger.
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        #4
        To claim that 100% of notesare contaminated with cocaine, would require a sample size of......100% of all notes in circulation.
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          #5
          Terms and conditions apply?[img]smileys/lol.gif[/img]

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            #6


            45 notes may constitute a survey but its far from conclusive. also the media have been selective in their reporting


            The scientists at Dublin's City University said they were "surprised by their findings". -&gt; But from what i heard they also said that every time notes went through bank sorting/counting machines they would pick up cocaine from one contaminsated note or off the machine itself. So one badly contaminated note can affect large amounts of other notes. This is more important a point than Others had much lower traces and may have been cross-contaminated, perhaps in the wallets or pockets of users.


            Also the % of notes where the amount of cocaine was considered high was nowhere near 100%
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              #7
              ah so the ERC tribunals were paid in cash before they sat?
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                #8


                Folks, irrespective of sample size, everyone and their granny knows there is a growing problem in Ireland - esp in the Dublin region. Lads I know from school who wouldn't even have had a drag of a joint growing up are now going out on a Friday night for their few pints and 1/2 a gram.


                Despite that, I think heroin will cause longer term problems, especially in the Limerick area.
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                  Originally posted by Paddie
                  To claim that 100% of notesare contaminated with cocaine, would require a sample size of......100% of all notes in circulation.

                  Correct. They can't be that definitive from a sample size that small.


                  On another issue, the ECB introduced the €500 demonination to facilitate crime (carrying large amounts of cash is easier with large demoninations and you can obviously carry five times as many notes if you use €500 notes instead of $100 notes)so its not surprising cocaine is showing up....

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                    #10
                    Next time you see a couple of fella's heading off to the toilet together you'll know what they're up to.

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                      #11


                      Are people leaving loads of coke on the notes? What a waste. [img]smileys/sad.gif[/img]


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