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Freshwater shrimp in Britain are apparently loaded with cocaine

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Prawns on powder, shrimp on snow, crustaceans on coke- no matter how you word it, it sounds too crazy to be true.

Sometimes the truth is stranger than fiction, it seems, after British scientists testing water quality discovered a substantial trace of cocaine in freshwater shrimp in local rivers.

Thanks to the local population around Suffolk, freshwater shrimp are livin’ it up with water contaminated with cocaine and ketamine, leaving University of Suffolk researchers baffled.

“Environmental health has attracted much attention from the public due to challenges associated with climate change and microplastic pollution,” said UoS Professor Nic Bury. “However, the impact of ‘invisible’ chemical pollution (such as drugs) on wildlife health needs more focus in the UK.”

According to the BBC, the researchers collected samples from the rivers Alde, Box, Deben, Gipping and Waveney.

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