Latest breathless headline from the Telegraph (UK): Cocaine found in nine out of ten baby changing units
Wow! That’s the mother load for tabloid journalism: children (babies!), drugs, and statistics.
The article goes on to discuss all sorts of completely irrelevant stuff related to drugs and Amy Winehouse along with the obligatory anecdotal story of a former addict:
“Coke came first, my child came second.”
So, what’s with the baby changing tables? Cocaine traces were found on 92 of 100 of these in a particular area including ones in “shopping centres, hospitals, police stations, courts and churches.”
Hmmm, seems a little odd to me (unless you’ve got some thrill-seeking coke user who is bent on hitting every baby-changing table in the region). Who were the scientists doing this study?
The team of Real Radio journalists who carried out the study… The tests, carried out by using specialist wipes…
Bet you five bucks that there’s a common element like baby powder that causes false positives with those “specialist wipes.” In fact, a little googling will show that baby wipes have been found to cause false positives in certain drug testing devices.
But that’s not as interesting a story, is it?