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Meth found on 100% of swabbed Kiwi bank notes

A Fair Go investigation into the presence of methamphetamines on New Zealand bank notes has revealed that you’re probably getting trace amounts of the drugs on your hands every time you use money.



The TVNZ investigation took bank notes from four shops in Auckland, and had them tested by an experienced independent lab, which found that all 20 of the notes had traces of meth on them.

The traces were not of the manufacturing ingredients though, meaning they came from users of the drug. But Massey University toxicologist Dr Nick Kim set minds at ease by saying the levels were not dangerous.

Kim said: “When you start looking at trace level, at forensic level for chemical residues, you start finding them because we have such great analytical instruments.”