Hindus, veggie lovers and vegetarians declared being very annoyed after the new polymer £5 note that was found to have animal fat. People who do drugs are now complaining that the notes, which are thicker and stronger, lead to cut their noses while they sniff cocaine.
The injury is nicknamed as “getting Winstoned” it is a reference to Winston Churchill’s photo showing up on the plastic fivers.
An anonymous person who use cocaine 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.
“Everyone thought the new fivers were God’s gift to sniffing at the start because they roll up perfectly […] Now I suppose now people are realising if something seems too good to be true then it usually is.”
It goes without saying that there is a risk of infection when drug users snort cocaine through banknotes.
“Sharing straws, bank notes and needles may put you at risk of hepatitis B and C, and HIV infections. Snorting cocaine damages the lining of your nose and makes it open to infection,” Talk to Frank, a national drug education service, warns.
“Blood and mucus are easily transferred onto straws and notes and these can spread disease when you share snorting equipment,” Talk to Frank added.
The Bank will keep on exchanging the old £5 notes for good. Issued in September a year ago, the new polymer banknotes are suitable for the cash money machines such as paper ones, but they are stronger, durable as well as cleaner and harder to fake.