The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

17 November 2006

The cost of meth

In Europe, at least, you can see it with your own two eyes:

Users of the drug crystal methamphetamine may be causing euro banknotes to disintegrate, German police have told Der Spiegel magazine.

Sulphates used in the production of the drug could form sulphuric acid when mixed with human sweat, they say, causing banknotes to corrode.

Drug users sniff powdered crystals through rolled up banknotes.

About 1,500 banknotes have crumbled after being withdrawn from cash machines, German banking officials say.

Advantage: cocaine, which sticks to your currency without dissolving it.

(Via Lemuel Kolkava.)

Posted at 6:20 AM to Dyssynergy

You just know somebody's going to decide the way to solve this is to reformulate the currency to stand up better to meth residue.

Posted by: McGehee at 7:23 AM on 17 November 2006