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Posted: 8/4/2005 8:57:09 PM EDT

Italian river 'full of cocaine'

The results suggested cocaine was in regular use in the areas tested
Scientists have found large quantities of cocaine residue in a river in northern Italy - suggesting consumption is much higher than previously thought.


They say they found the equivalent of 40,000 doses a day in the Po valley, home to about five million people.

The study, published by the UK's Environmental Health magazine, tests sewage and rivers for levels of a by-product of cocaine metabolism.

The team say the test has to be refined before being applied on a vast scale.

The chemical found in the urine of cocaine users is called benzoylecgonine, or BE.

It is produced only by metabolising cocaine.

'Staggering'

The new report suggests that past studies of cocaine use in Italy - mainly based on population surveys and crime statistics - had been optimistic.

According to official estimates, people living around the Po consume about 15,000 doses of cocaine a month.

But the research claims more than three time as much cocaine is used in the area.

The team, led by Dr Ettore Zuccato from the Mario Negri Institute for Pharmacological Research in Milan, said they were taken aback by their findings, whose economic impact they described as "staggering".

"The large amount of cocaine (at least 1,500 kg/3,307lb) that our findings suggest are consumed per year in the River Po basin would amount... to about $150m (£84m) in street value," the scientists wrote in the journal.

They hope that in the near future, they will be able to develop similar tests in order to assess the true number of cannabis and heroin users.

news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/4746787.stm
Link Posted: 8/4/2005 9:01:39 PM EDT
Someone lost all their coke in a boat accident...
Link Posted: 8/4/2005 9:27:08 PM EDT
No, the chemical they're measuring is metabolized cocaine.
Link Posted: 8/4/2005 9:29:03 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/4/2005 9:29:43 PM EDT by leelaw]

Originally Posted By Lumpy196:
Someone lost all their coke in a boat accident...


A TRAGIC accident.

I wonder if the chemical can be made from something else.. if cocaine metabolism is the only way, that this is kinda interesting.

ETA: The article title "river full of cocaine" is pretty misleading, but when has that ever stopped the press?
Link Posted: 8/4/2005 9:30:52 PM EDT
Thatsa spicy eightball!

Seems like cocaine would be really expensive in Europe. Not like they can bring it in on a speedboat or across the Mexican border.
Link Posted: 8/4/2005 9:31:33 PM EDT
Kind of like how the Thames is full of depression meds...
Link Posted: 8/4/2005 9:56:38 PM EDT

Originally Posted By METT-T:
Thatsa spicy eightball!




LMFAO
Link Posted: 8/4/2005 9:58:32 PM EDT
im sure not any more than americans, its just flying through that border
Link Posted: 8/4/2005 10:44:54 PM EDT

Originally Posted By METT-T:
Thatsa spicy eightball!



Link Posted: 8/4/2005 11:01:01 PM EDT

Originally Posted By METT-T:
Thatsa spicy eightball!

Seems like cocaine would be really expensive in Europe. Not like they can bring it in on a speedboat or across the Mexican border.



Through Spain. They speak the same language, huge coastline.
Link Posted: 8/4/2005 11:04:05 PM EDT
So that's why the parmesan cheese is so good
Link Posted: 8/4/2005 11:05:21 PM EDT

Originally Posted By raven:
No, the chemical they're measuring is metabolized cocaine.



Someone has been pissing a ton of cocaine......lesson here...stay out of the water...
Link Posted: 8/4/2005 11:10:46 PM EDT

Originally Posted By METT-T:
Thatsa spicy eightball!




FLOL. You got me.
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