Cocaine in the Air in Italy?

By searcher · May 31, 2007 · Updated Jun 1, 2007 · ·
  1. searcher

    [FONT=&quot]An Italian scientific study has found particles of cocaine in Rome's air, Italy's national research council (CNR) said Thursday.[/FONT]

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    [FONT=&quot]The study by the council's atmospheric pollution institute called the discovery of cocaine traces "a first" for a city.[/FONT]

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    [FONT=&quot]It also found traces of cannabinol, a component of marijuana and hashish, as well as nicotine and caffeine, a statement from the council said.[/FONT]

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    [FONT=&quot]"The highest concentration of cocaine was found in the centre of Rome and especially in the University of La Sapienza area," the study said.[/FONT]

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    [FONT=&quot]"We cannot in any way confirm that the consumption or trafficking of drugs is more common in that area," the statement said, adding that more in-depth study would be needed to determine that.[/FONT]

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    [FONT=&quot]The highest concentrations of cocaine (about .1 nanograms per cubic metre) were detected during the winter months, according to the study.[/FONT]

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    [FONT=&quot]The southern Italian city of Taranto and the Algerian capital Algiers were also included in the study. Far lower levels of cocaine were found in Taranto, while none was found in Algiers.[/FONT]

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    [FONT=&quot]Nicotine and caffeine were found in all three cities. [/FONT]

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  1. Benga
  2. Bajeda
    This mentions cocaine among other substances though. So that being said, I edited the post to put the article text in (please always do that when you post a thread based on a link), renamed the article (please use descriptive thread titles), and moved to Drug News.
  3. tayo
    haha okay so picture this stupid scenario, the italian government shot upall seized cocaine traffic on top of a missile into the stratosphere, they do this bi-monthly. explode over italy, everyone thinner, look healthier, trick people into thinking italians are healthier, and getting tourists addicted to the air out there. tourists money, coca-air happy. haha this was just too funny to not comment on
  4. Alfa
  5. Bajeda
    Damn.... Between government offices, rivers, currency, and the air, we are finding cocaine everywhere these days.

    Who the hell is looking all over for it? Some crackhead high up want to scrape together another rock or something?
  6. Nagognog2
    Time for a bad 1950's style horror movie to surface: It Climbed Out Of The River!

    I'll call John Waters.
  7. AntiAimer
    Wonder if this could potentially make you fail a drug test?

    "I swear it's the air around me!"
  8. Benga
    I wouldn't be surprised if this kind of "research" was related to the extreme right party condemning the "breakdown of moral values stigmatized by drug use", so many smoke, no arrests....remember that TV show that did the covert swab testing of politicians ?
    anyway when swim was last in Rome, these posters with Prodi and an oversized spliff were everywhere.
    check this protest banner out
  9. Rob Cypher
    Cocaine, Marijuana in Italian Cities’ Air

    Rome is known as a heady and stimulating city, but is that because it's a vibrant cultural center where modern life buzzes against a backdrop of thousands of years of history, or because small quantities of cocaine waft through the streets?

    Researchers at Italy's Institute of Atmospheric Pollution Research have published the results of a year-long study that monitored psychotropic substances in the air of eight Italian cities: Bologna, Florence, Milan, Naples, Palermo, Rome, Turin and Verona.

    The scientists found trace quantities of marijuana and cocaine in the air of all eight cities, with the highest total drug concentrations in Turin and the lowest in Palermo. Other substances monitored included nicotine and caffeine, which were also detected in all of the cities.

    But the miniscule concentrations detected — about .26 nanograms of cocaine per meter cubed in Turin, where levels of that drug were highest — are not nearly enough to alter the mind states of Italy's city dwellers. A typical grain of salt weighs about 80,000 nanograms.

    The authors of the study say their research gives insight into geographical drug-use trends (while Turin seems to have the most active cocaine trade, the college towns of Florence and Bologna have the most free-floating marijuana particles) and hope the results will be used to inform policy.

    Cocaine use in Italy has also left an imprint on other parts of the environment. In 2005, scientists at Milan's Mario Negri Institute for Pharmacological Research checked the Po River in northern Italy for benzoylecgonine, a unique byproduct of cocaine that's expelled in a user's urine. Their study found levels that corresponded to the daily consumption of about 8.8 pounds (4 kilograms) of cocaine in the region.

    In America, no analogous survey of psychotropic drugs in urban air has been published. But trace quantities of a range of pharmaceuticals, from epilepsy medication to sex hormones, have been found in American drinking-water sources.

    And a 2009 study led by a scientist at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth found that between 85 and 90 percent of paper money in America is dusted with small quantities of cocaine. Bills can become contaminated during drug deals; while being used directly to imbibe cocaine, as when they're rolled up to snort the drug; or in banks' currency-counting machines, where the bills mingle with already-contaminated money.
  10. shanewatson384
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