Cocaine and LSD detected in Spanish air


At least five types of drugs–most prominently cocaine— have been detected in the air of Madrid and Barcelona, according to a study by the Spanish National Research Council.

A new method was used in the research, with scientists able to find for 17 components across five illegal substances. In addition to cocaine, they found trace amounts of cannabinoids, amphetamines, opiates and lysergic acid -a relative of LSD.

But tourists need not worry: the council said the quantities were far too low to inspire even the faintest high.

“Even if we lived 1,000 years we would not consume the equivalent of a dose of cocaine through the air,” said one of the scientists, Miren Lopez de Alda.

The organization also reported that “heroin was also found in detectable levels in the samples taken in Madrid, but not those from Barcelona.”