Cocaine and ketamine have been found in Britain’s river wildlife


Fish in innocent rural waters are being exposed to a wide array of illegal substances and it’s not clear what effect the chemicals are having on their bodies, scientists have revealed. Researchers from King’s College London discovered cocaine in all the fish they tested in the UK as well as ketamine, pharmaceuticals and MDMA, the active ingredient in ecstasy.

It’s long been known that sinful city fish hoover up drugs, with the mighty Thames said to contain so much cocaine that it’s making the eels act very strangely. But scientists didn’t expect to discover drugs in waterways outside the capital.

Before you go out to smoke or snort a fish, it’s worth remembering the level of drugs in each fish are too low to get you high.

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