In Rome, there is definitely something in the air. Scientists at the country’s National Research Council say they have discovered particles of cocaine, marijuana, coffee and tobacco in the air of the capital.
The concentration of cocaine in Rome was only found to reach 0.1 nanogrammes per cubic metre, but experts say that is worrying for public health. One nanogrammes is one billionth of a gram.
“The data seems quite small,” said Angelo Cecinato at the CNR. “But in reality it has to be pointed out that other substances, more well known, such as dioxins, have levels of concentration the same or inferior to that of cocaine.”
Samples were taken in Rome, the southern city of Taranto and Algiers in North Africa.
Nicotine and Cocaine were found in all three sample areas.