Study: Cocaine, marijuana can be detected in atmosphere

By Stephen C. Webster
Friday, December 16, 2011 16:08 EDT
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A study released this week by the Institute of Atmospheric Pollution Research claims that marijuana and cocaine, much like cigarettes, have second-hand effects that can be detected in the atmosphere around communities where usage is high.

Researchers also found that the amount of the drug detected in the atmosphere was directly tied to the amount of drugs being used in the immediate area, leading them to believe that their methods could one day lead to better estimates of drug abuse in specific communities.

The study finally claimed that pervasive atmospheric drugs might contribute to cancerous tumors and other bad health effects, and that more study was needed.

Read more in ScienceNOW.

Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
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