Cocaine and LSD found in air of Spanish cities

Drugs in the air near Madrid and Barcelona universities

Spanish cities have always been plagued by air pollution but scientists now say that it is not just smog that has the population choking as they walk down the street.

According to a new study, the air in Madrid and Barcelona contains five drugs – most notably cocaine.

The Superior Council of Scientific Investigations, a government institute, said it also found trace amounts of amphetamines, opiates, cannabinoids and LSD at stations set up to measure air quality control across the cities.  Concentrations of the drugs in the air were more concentrated at weekends suggesting recreational use in these periods.

But it said there is no reason for the public to worry.

‘Not even if we lived for a thousand years would we consume the equivalent of a dose of cocaine by breathing this air,’ said one of its scientists, Miren Lopez de Alda.

Experts added that air quality at the test sites was not representative of the city in general. In Madrid the  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.

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