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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 05-08-2003, 11:03 AM Thread Starter
 
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found the answer to the urban legend

I know that a discussion a few weeks back talked about whether there was really any truth behind the legend that all paper money in the US has trace amounts of cocaine in them. I saw on MTV 2 or 3 days ago their show where they find out whether there is any truth in many urban legends. Well this legend had truth to it.

They took 5 $20 bills out of an ATM and then took it to a toxicoligy lab where they found trace amounts of cocaine in 4 out of the 5 bills. Just wanted to let you know for any of those guys out there who have a stack of $20 bills laying around and you dont have anything better to do.
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I think that speaks volumes about the high rate of false positives rather than the rampant use of $20.00 bills for cocaine.

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I think that speaks volumes about the high rate of false positives rather than the rampant use of $20.00 bills for cocaine.
I think the main point is that $20s get thrown in the cash drawer with other twenties.

This of course means that they could find "trace amounts" of cocaine in anyone's wallet and very likely on anyone's hands, pants pockets, etc.

I would be interested to know the lab procedures to prevent "trace amounts" from contaminating the whole lab environment.

p.s. If you're a lab tech you really don't need to explain it. It's a rhetorical question.

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p.s. If you're a lab tech you really don't need to explain it. It's a rhetorical question
Thank you for sparing us from a very likely to be boring response from someone. No offense to anyone in the lab tech field.
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