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Comment: I work in law enforcement and I heard a drug story about heroin or some
such other. The basis of the myth is "Beware of badly mixed street drugs."
The story that I was told was that some users got a bad batch of street
drugs. I presume it was some form of cocaine or other "white powder
substance".
What happened is that these users got some "white powder" drugs that had
been mixed by the dealers. The dealers had mixed it with the ground up
white powdery residue on car batteries. Allegedly when the first user
absorbed this drug mix the battery powder (alleged to contain accidic
battery chemicals) caused an extremely violent biological reaction. The
result of this was that the man "bled from every pore", went through a
terribly painful death process and died.

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BlueStar
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Why on earth would you cut your drugs with battery acid? Not for cost, surely non-leathal generic white powders are cheap and plentiful. Is there anyone out there who doesn't know that snorting or injecting battery acid would not be very healthy? Why kill your customers? if you are going to sell them product that tainted, why bother putting any coke/heroin in at all? They wont be back as a frequent customer, will they?
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One guy once told me he snorted amphetamine which was mixed with ground glass by his dealer (don't ask me where I got such acquaintances) - and it was done purposefully not to cut it, but to "boost" it - ground glass was to cut the blood vessels in the nostrils and consequently more amphetamine would get into the blood stream... when I asked him if it worked, he said he wouldn't know, but it burned like hell anyway... which could be another factor: I heard that some dumber drug users claim "it doesn't burn, it doesn't work".
About battery powder I've never heard, if it causes such a fatal reaction, it's rather improbable. The question is: does it really?

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Battery acid 'is' used in the manafacture of methamphetamine but it's very unlikey that it is used to cut cocaine, I mean, how much residue would you have to scrape off to cut a kilo of powder 50/50? Sounds like another false story, like anthrax, strycnine etc...

Straight Dope has this - not specific to battery acid, but nonetheless...

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Truth is, adulterating cocaine with strychnine or arsenic seems to be rare. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration analyzed 2,944 samples of cocaine confiscated in five cities between 1974 and 1980. Adulterants found in at least 5 percent of the samples were reported; strychnine and arsenic didn't make the cut. Here's the stuff that did: lactose (milk sugar), 29 percent of samples; lidocaine (local anesthetic), 29 percent; mannitol, 26 percent; inositol, 10 percent; dextrose, 8 percent. (The last three items are all sugars.)



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What's the business about OD'ing on Drano? (Heard of in Jim Carroll's "People Who Died") Do dealers really cut stuff with lye crystals or is it some slang term I don't understand?
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Lye is also used in making meth. I suppose there could be some left in the final product if they did it wrong.
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quote:
Originally posted by Jay Tea:
how much residue would you have to scrape off to cut a kilo of powder 50/50?

That was my first reaction as well... followed by the thought of stereotypical drug dealer-type people standing around their car with a butter knife, scraping the top of their batteries. *laugh*

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Well, the sulfate residue on a car battery can chemically burn the skin (but it's technically not "accidic"), but I can't see it causing someone to "bleed from every pore" in a "violent biological reaction".

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It's not uncommon for cattle to lick at corroded or broken open car batteries they find in their pastures. The battery innards are supposed to have a mineral/salt taste that is attractive to livestock. They don't die instantly and horribly, although they may get lead intoxication.
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i did read somewhere that lead oxide tasted sweet and you should not sore a car lead acid batteries where a child or animals could get at it
so as to prevent lead poisoning

dav(not that i have licked a car battery)ros\

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Colorless lead nitrate, Pb(NO3)2 is the most soluble lead compound. Lead acetate, Pb(CH3COO)2 is also soluble. It has a sweet taste, and for this reason is called "sugar of lead." When it was discovered, in Roman times, it was used in certain baked treats, which proved fatal.


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I'll have to show that to my toxicology prof. She told us in class it was salty and would probably be interested to know it has a sweet flavor.
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quote:
Originally posted by smilodonna:
I'll have to show that to my toxicology prof. She told us in class it was salty and would probably be interested to know it has a sweet flavor.

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Toxicity: Acute: sweetish metallic taste, burning in mouth, severe thirst, inflammation of the G.I. tract with vomiting and diarrhea. Chronic: anorexia, "lead-line" on gum margin, nausea, vomiting, severe abdominal pain, paralysis, mental confusion, visual disturbances, anemia, convulsions.

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