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Saturday, 16 May 2009

Cocaine was found in the air of Madrid and Barcelona

In April of this year we learnt from a study by the Polytechnic University of Catalonia that Madrid and Barcelona have the worst air and are the most polluted regions in Spain.

Air pollution has been a fact of life for a long time in the Spanish cities, but now scientists say it is not just the smog that chokes the population.

A new study has revealed that at least five drugs were found in the air of Madrid and Barcelona the principal being Cocaine and in addition to this they found trace amounts of amphetamines, opiates, cannabinoids and lysergic acid, a relative of LSD.

The Superior Council of Scientific Investigations, a government institute, said on its Web site there was no reason for alarm. It went on further to clarify that the tests were done in areas where drugs were likely to be consumed. In Madrid, the test site was close to a ruined building believed to be frequented by drug dealers. And in both Madrid and Barcelona, the studies were carried out close to universities with results of the study showing higher concentrations of the components on weekends, suggesting that drug consumption was up in these periods. What a surprise!

A researcher who worked on the project said the levels were far higher than those found in similar studies in Europe. A study in Rome and Taranto in 2007 revealed cocaine levels in the region of only 12% of that in the two Spanish cities.

According to the U.S. State Department, Spain is Europe's largest consumer of cocaine and hashish. It is also a major transit point for narcotics shipments from South and Central America as well as Africa.

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