Turns Out 1 In 8 People Have Cocaine On Their Hands According To Study

April 16, 2018

A new study in the UK found that most people come into contact with an illegal substance like cocaine and heroine during their daily routine, even if they aren't a user.  

The research was conducted at the University of Surrey, and they discovered that around 13% of people who are in fact drug free, had some kind of illegal substance mixed in with fingerprints.  The study was composed of 50 “clean” individuals and 15 people that reportedly used cocaine or heroin within the past 24 hours, showed that a subject's unwashed hands were being exposed to several chemicals from simply shaking hands or touching objects.

“Believe it or not, cocaine is a very common environmental contaminant – it is well known that it is present on many bank notes,” forensic analysis lecturer Dr. Melanie Bailey said. “Even so, we were surprised that it was detected in so many of our fingerprint samples.”

Researchers also said that the tests were able to tell the difference between who had been actually using drugs and those that only came into contact with a drug-covered item in public.

“It’s clear that fingerprint testing is the future of drug-testing,” the study’s lead author Mahado Ismail added. “There are many factors that set fingerprint testing apart – it’s non-invasive, easy to collect and you have the ability to identify the donor by using the sample.”

-source via ktvt.com