Sunday, November 06, 2005

HIGH THAMES

Via Yahoo today we have a report on cocaine use in London. You might call this an "end of the line" study...

http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20051106/od_afp/afplifestylebritaincocaineoffbeat_051106124030;_ylt=AuF9RIXsnrcKMO6Rb_qQ0ses0NUE;_ylu=X3oDMTA3NW1oMDRpBHNlYwM3NTc-

Using the same strategy employed by researchers in Northern Italy earlier this year, samples of the Thames River were analyzed for cocaine. Results allowed an extrapolated estimate of cocaine use in London to be made, and indicated that almost four kilograms of cocaine were consumed in the city daily, two kilos of which survived relatively unchanged to end up in the river.

Interestingly, just as in the earlier study of the Po river in Italy, "end of the line" analysis indicated a far higher level of cocaine consumption than was officially acknowledged...

I'm not sure this information should have been released...

If you advertise the fact that two kilos a day get dumped into the river, it's a sure bet some maniac will go out there and try to get it back...

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