Attendees at British music festival Glastonbury were so loaded on drugs that their pee may have poisoned the local water supply

Sep 29th

There can be many terrible consequences to ingesting illegal drugs—death, ruined health, ruined families, and oh yeah also killing local aquatic wildlife:

Public urination at Glastonbury Festival led to illegal drugs entering a river running through the famous Somerset site in southwestern England, potentially harming wildlife, according to a new study.

Researchers at Bangor University in Wales discovered high levels of cocaine and MDMA in the Whitelake River, which runs through Worthy Farm, where the hugely-popular music festival is usually held with more than 200,000 attendees.

The study found MDMA concentrations quadrupled the week after the 2019 festival, while cocaine concentrations reached levels previously shown to affect the life cycle of European eels -- which are present in the river and are critically endangered.

You can almost picture it: Strung-out concertgoers just tapping it wherever they want, all weekend long, and suddenly they begin to hear some blood-curdling caterwauling from the nearby Whitelake River. Someone drunkenly asks: "What's that sound?"

If the drugs haven't yet killed all the eels, hopefully at least they're having a good time.


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