Balancing barns suspended half in the air. Water slides covering entire streets. Submarine sex. There must be something in the water over in the U.K.
Turns out, there is: Brits are ingesting so much cocaine that trace amounts are appearing in the water supply -- even after rigorous purification. According to the Independent, the Drinking Water Inspectorate detected benzoylecgonine (cocaine once it's been processed by the body) along with traces of caffeine, ibuprofen, and the epilepsy drug carbamazepine in British water.
Analysts are blaming increased drug abuse in the U.K. for the contamination.
“We have the near highest level of cocaine use in western Europe”, Steve Rolles, a spokesman from drug policy think tank Transform, told The Sunday Times. “It has also been getting cheaper and cheaper at the same time as its use has been going up".