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New Five Pound Note Is Cutting People's Noses When They Snort Cocaine

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New Five Pound Note Is Cutting People's Noses When They Snort Cocaine

When the new five pound note came out, it seemed like the best thing ever. It's clean, fresh, indestructible (ish) and it comes out of the washing machine looking as good as new.

However, it's been a while since they were introduced into circulation and it seems that an undesired side effect is being wildly reported.

Basically, cocaine users have reported that the new note is cutting their noses when they roll it up to snort lines.

They've called it 'Winstoning', as Winston Churchill appears on the note. I'm not sure he'd be entirely made up with that being named after him.

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A cocaine user, from Birmingham, spoke to Metro anonymously and said: "I thought I was the only person to have had my nose cut by the new fiver.

"But when I told my friend how I was in agony he said I had been 'Winstoned' and it was happening to everyone."

He continued: "Everyone thought the new fivers were God's gift to sniffing at the start because they roll up perfectly and if you are sharing the note it is not too bad if someone walks off with it.

"Now I suppose people are realising if something seems too good to be true then it usually is."

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So not only will it be obvious that you've been sniffing drugs on the weekend due to the cuts under your nose, but there's also an increased risk of infection.

There has always been a risk, because snorting cocaine can make your nose bleed. If any blood falls onto the note, and it's then used by someone else, your blood can go up the note and into their bloodstream.

Obviously, this risk is increased if the note is cutting your nose as you're doing it.

Health charities have spoken out about the risk of contracting Hepatitis C through shared notes in the past.

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Charles Gore, from The Hepatitis C Trust, spoke to BBC back in 2009 about sharing notes, He said: "If you are doing it and have a bleeding nose and it bleeds onto a note and you then pass it to somebody else, who's then going to snort through it to get the cocaine into their bloodstream. Unfortunately, they're likely to get your blood in there too, with the infection."

So, there you go. Another reason to stay away from drugs. You could potentially get Hep C and loads of cuts on your nose. No thanks.

Featured Image Credit: PA Images

Topics: fiver, Cocaine, Note

Mel Ramsay
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