Vegetarians and vegans aren't the only people having a problem with new notes from the Bank of England: cocaine snorters are getting cuts from the polymer material. -Editor
The new polymer bank notes appear to have had an unintended effect in stopping people snorting cocaine.
The plastic notes have been leaving people with cut noses after they use them to sniff the drug.
In the new phenomenon – called ‘getting Winstoned’ due to Churchill’s image appearing on the note – drug users are opening themselves up to all kind of infections.
The new texture of the new plastic note is a lot stiffer than the previous five-pound-notes which went out of circulation last Friday.
One Birmingham cocaine user, who did not want to be named, said: ‘I thought I was the only person to have had my nose cut by the new fiver.
‘But when I told my friend how I was in agony he said I had been “Winstoned” and it was happening to everyone.’
The news gets worse for those who have been ‘Winstoned’ as it could increase the spread of infection amongst users.
Polymer banknotes have been around for some time before the recent issue by the Bank of England. Hasn't this problem surfaced before? This is the first time I recall reading
about it. An interesting, if unintended, consequence. -Editor
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People are being ‘Winstoned’ by new £5 notes after snorting coke
Wayne Homren, Editor
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