New York #1 in Cocaine Consumption
The notion of New Yorkers snorting cocaine is not fascinating. But rather what is, is that scientists can trace back a chemical to the rivers around drainage areas, and therefore determine how much cocaine people consume based on those amounts. Apparently, there are certain chemicals that are only produced by the body during cocaine consumption. The waste gets eliminated and drains to the rivers, and stays in the rivers.
Researchers started the study near Germany's Rhine River drainage system, and out of curiosity moved to New York's Hudson River. There they found the by-products of a projected consumption totaling over 16 tons of cocaine per year. That's a per capita rate of 172 grams per year. Here is a funny video that I can't understand, but point is taken.
New York continues its reign as the Cocaine Capital of the World. One is almost tempted to upbraid them for wasting the stuff. Nowhere did researchers find as much pure cocaine as they did in the Hudson River.