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Daily News Editorial

By Staff | Aug 18, 2009

When handling money, it’s probably a good idea to wash your hands before you eat.

There is a very good reason-it is because money is dirty.

Dirty with dirt of course and germs. But it is a proven fact that our paper money is a carrier for cocaine and other illegal substances.

Have you pondered the idea of how many people actually touch, say a dollar bill, in the course of a day? Going to the bank or automated teller machine, you make a withdrawal and receive five ones in your stack of ones, 10s and 20s.

At that point, no one knows who has touched those bills before reaching your palm.

Time to run errands-it’s off to the post office to buy stamps. There’s goes the dollar and other bills for your postage. Right behind you is the legal clerk and he receives your dollar as change in his transaction. Before heading back to his desk, he swings by the cafe and orders some coffee. That dollar enters the cash register where it stays for about 30 seconds.

Out it comes again and goes into the hands of a clean-cut looking young man dressed like a college student.

Little does anyone realize, there is nothing clean-cut about this individual, unless of course, that is how to describe the way he measures out cocaine using a razor blade and mirror.

So how exactly does illegal substances adhere to money? The dollar bill or any size bill is rolled and used as a vehicle to snort the line of cocaine into the respiratory system via the nasal passages-all illegal activity.

While this scenario of money changing hands is hypothetical at best and only involves about two to three hours, chances are the money in your wallet does have some illegal substance sticking to it, whether cocaine or methamphetamine or something else. Think about the bigger picture and how many times the bill is whisked around and touched by an unknown number of countless hands in its life span of 20 months.

Recent data is pointing to the fact that 90 percent of paper money in circulation in American cities has traces of white residue and we are not referring to flour or baby powder.

Most mothers know that money is the dirtiest thing in the world; and mother always knows what she is talking about.

Be kind to yourself-always wash your hands after touching money.

This information may give money laundering a whole new meaning.