Cocaine use contaminates drinking water, report says
Cocaine use in the UK is so high, that traces of it have been found in drinking water, according to a recent report.
The Drinking Water Inspectorate found samples contained Benzoylecgonine, the form of the drug that appears once it has passed through the body, according to BBC News.
It is the same substance that is found in positive urine-based cocaine tests.
Steve Rolles, from drug policy organisation Transform, told The Sunday Times it showed the scale of the use of the drug in the UK.
“We have the near highest level of cocaine use in western Europe,” he said.
“It has also been getting cheaper and cheaper at the same time as its use has been going up.”