The Darwin Awards aren’t for another few months, but I think we’ve found some nominees…. The Jakarta Post is reporting that young Indonesians have found an affordable way to get high — boiling sanitary pads and drinking the water.
Adj. Sr. Comr. Suprinarto, the head of the Central Java chapter of the National Narcotics Agency, said it was the chlorine in the boiled mixture that created a feeling of “flying” and hallucinations similar to the sensation experienced when taking certain drugs.
“The used pads they took from the trash were put in boiling water. After it cooled down they drank it together,” Suprinarto said, as quoted by kompas.com.
This is apparently not a new phenomenon. According to Jimy Ginting, an advocate for safe drinking, groups of teenagers in Belitung, Bangka Belitung Islands, and Karawang, West Java, are reported doing the same in 2016.
I don’t know who started it all, but I knew it started around two years ago. There is no law against it so far.,” Jimy told The Jakarta Post on Saturday.
So… I guess sniffing glue and eating Tide pods is dépassé?
From the boingboing comments section:
A guess at how it started, someone tried chlorinated MDMA (ecstasy) and couldn’t afford more X, and decided to try huffing chlorine from other sources.
Cutting it with chlorine is one way to achieve more of a high with less of the expensive to make ingredients, albeit at horrific cost to the soft tissue of the GI track. Addicts living in extreme poverty might have gotten wind of this and decided to seek other sources listing chlorine.
BRB, going on a Kotex bender for the rest of the week.
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