90% of American Money is Laced With Cocaine
A recent report published by the Scientific American reveals that 90% of American paper currency is laced with cocaine! A study of 18 American cities found that 5’s, 10’s and 20’s were the most frequently tainted, with Washington DC leading the pack by having the highest percentage of tainted bills nationwide. While this is somewhat amusing to me for some reason, it is decidedly disturbing that cocaine still has such a pervasive presence in this country. While cocaine is often thought of the drug of the 80’s, it still makes up a huge part of the drug problem amongst teens in the US.
The idea of US currency being coated in coke leads me to remind people of some of the signs of cocaine use- the first being rolled-up dollar bills, straws, or other pieces of paper! Look for white residue or razor marks on desks, CD and DVD cases, mirrors, or other smooth surfaces. Cocaine can come in vials, baggies, or even ripped up pieces of plastic grocery bags. Whenever I see little pieces of a grocery bag that have been ripped and stretched into a little pouch, I assume it used to hold cocaine. (It’s amazing what paraphernalia you see everywhere when you know what to look for!) Teen cocaine use can be spotted by: enlarged (dilated) pupils, a frequent runny nose, or bloody nose, mouth breathing (being your nose gets hard to breathe out of…it’s weird but trust me), excitability, paranoia, irritability, sleeplessness or excessive sleeping (the comedown). Cocaine use can cause death, especially when mixed with medications, alcohol, or other drugs- which is a really popular thing to do. No one wants to think that their kid is on drugs, and it can be easy to ignore the signs. If you suspect your teen may be using drugs, call us today. Help exists, because no one has to do this alone.