Eels in the Thames are becoming hyperactive because of the high levels of cocaine in the city’s waste water, scientists say.
New research by a team at King’s College London found that Londoners are using the class A drug consistently throughout the week, with fears that it is hurting the river’s wildlife.
“Concentrations of cocaine and benzoylecgonine remained high in wastewater across the week with only a minor increase over the weekend, which is not consistent with other cities, “ the reseachers said in a paper.
“London is known as one of the highest consumers of cocaine and this suggested everyday usage.”
Scientists using a monitoring station near the Houses of Parliament found there was a constant low level of cocaine entering the river, The Sunday Times reported.