Middle School Girls Caught with Terrifyingly Potent New Form of Meth

The strange form of the drug is so potent it can be absorbed by touch

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Officials at a Texas middle school are trying to figure out how a group of young students obtained a liquid form of methamphetamine and are fearful that a strange, more potent form of the drug may have found its way into the community.

Six eighth-grade girls who attend Blocker Middle School in Texas City were caught with the drug, which is normally poured into bottles, but in this case was placed on small stamp-like pieces of paper and wrapped in tinfoil.  The paper is placed in the mouth and dissolved. School officials said the girls began to behave deliriously, authorities said, and once it had been determined that they were high on meth, a call was placed to their parents, who took them to local hospitals to be treated. All six were suspended from school.

“When they took it, they just started tripping out, they just started freaking out, like something got to them,” an unidentified student told KHOU.

Galveston County Sheriff Henry Trochesset said the drug is so potent that it can be absorbed through the skin when touched, something he has never seen before. “If it was my child I’d be extremely upset,” Sheriff Trochesset told the station. He said the substance came from outside of the county.

Texas City schools spokeswoman Melissa Tortorici told the Houston Chronicle that the district and the Galveston County Sheriff’s Office are still trying to learn about the drug and find out how it got into the school.

26 comments
09_tm1
09_tm1

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goblue562
goblue562

Sorta scary how many drug "experts" there are on this thread.. 

Fitzwilliams
Fitzwilliams

It doesn't really matter the drug those girls were taking. It matters that they were taking it. Young ones like that should not have the opportunity to do things like that at that age.


DeanEricAnthony
DeanEricAnthony

1.lets look at the facts the girls were "tripping, freaking ,crazy and behaving deliriously"   NOT METH or N-bome or Desoxyn  none of those can be absorbed through the skin in MICRO-GRAM dosages as hinted in article and real LSD does not make everyone freak

. 2.But what does? I believe they got a hold of nasty greedy chemists cheat a precursor to  LSD.  Making it is easier ,cheaper and takes less time .........LSA ....... sometimes called silver L  is not good for anyone.

3.The new strong meth is not new it is just in its BASE FORM  90% ma 10% h2o easier to smuggle as it looks like water tastes like a form of acid just to be dried crystallized and CUT with msm or other things ,2 pounds of base "less than a quart  would make about 4 to6 pounds of heavily cut product worth $50,000 to $100,000+

ShondaRobinsonKellams
ShondaRobinsonKellams

While meth has long been turned into a liquid and then back into a powder for easier smuggling, that is not what was found in Texas. This new liquid meth is applied to paper and placed in the mouth to digest.  It has been discovered at the U.S. - Mexico border as well as inside the U.S. in Alabama and Iowa - and now in Texas. This new liquid meth also surfaced in Arab on two different people in two different locations sometime in the last few months. 

I think the quote from an unidentified student who said, "When they took it, they just started tripping out....." combined with the fact that this new form of crystal meth is put on paper and placed in the mouth has some people confused. "Tripping" was maybe a bad choice of a word in this case. 

These girls were taken to a hospital where blood tests were undoubtedly done. The blood tests would have told doctors and authorities whether they had taken acid or crystal meth. Since it is reported here that the liquid meth was on small stamp like paper and wrapped in foil I assume this is known because the girls had more in their belongings - which would have been taken to a police lab and tested as well. 

The shipment that was confiscated at the U.S. - Mexico border was found to be 90% pure meth. Informants told the authorities that this new liquid meth was better than any meth they had ever snorted or injected before. Since regular crystal meth users caught smuggling a new and unknown form of it say that it is stronger than any they have ever even injected before - then 8th grade girls who took it probably should have had a reaction such as they did to it. 

This is outstanding reporting, Madison Gray.  You have clearly reported on something newsworthy. Some of the readers here just missed the memo the drug cartels sent about the new kind of meth they would be smuggling our way. 

SukeMadiq
SukeMadiq

The war on drugs just makes things worse, get these kids some nice weed already if they want to get high so badly.

JustRon
JustRon


Won't take long for a greedy pusher to cut it and it won't be as strong.

EvenSteven
EvenSteven

This sounds a lot more like N-bome, which is actually called 'designer LSD' by journalists less stupid than Madison Gray.  It acts mostly on serotonin pathways, unlike meth and has only a mild effect on dopamine pathways, also unlike meth.  It is really more pharmacologically similar to a super-potent ecstacy-like drug.  It has very little in common  with meth other than a core molecule called phenethylamine that is also found in hundreds of other drugs, both legal and illegal.


It is dangerous because it is so potent that it is difficult to administer a correct dose in the necessarily narrow microgram range without getting some of the doses way way too strong and because it is made in China with no oversight and can be full of unpredictable impurities.

BeegorBucleor
BeegorBucleor

It sounds like there's nothing new about it, but it's just meth dissolved in water and then absorbed onto paper. There's nothing about a substance's potency that makes it absorbable through touch: If a substance can be absorbed by touch, it will be absorbed by touch regardless of the quantity or potency of the substance present. Since meth clearly dissolves when in contact of moisture, that will include moisture on a person's skin, such as sweat. 

just_some_guy
just_some_guy

Potency or purity of meth has NEVER been an issue. Nothing here but incitement of fear and red herring.

Meth is short for methamphetamine - the stuff is legally made by the ton, 100% pure, in pharmaceutical labs, by well known drug companies. Many thousands of prescriptions for it are written for it, all over the world.

MSDS for methamphetamine - lists it as being  soluble in both water and ethanol.

NIOSH reference number:  SH4910000


If anyone remembers taking childrens chewable aspirin, it works largely in the same way. The 'problem' with the story is the idea that this stuff is somehow more 'potent'. that absorption through the lungs is a far more efficient delivery method, which is why smoking it is so addictive. Intravenous is the 'best' which is why heroin is most often associated with needles. It is all a convenience/cost/benefit analysis, just like every other consumer product.

guicz
guicz

Walt White is not dead!

DanaLarsen
DanaLarsen

Oh come on. This is not methamphetamine. You can't absorb meth through your skin, and it doesn't come on pieces of paper. Such ignorance. If there is any reality in this article, maybe the substance in question is LSD.

Terrible reporting here, as is usual with all drug stories.


MarkVerhoff
MarkVerhoff

@ShondaRobinsonKellams

This is not outstanding reporting, ShondaRobinsonKellas, this is unsubstantiated drivel. 

First, with regard to your assertion that "blood tests were undoubtedly done," a careful reading of this article suggests that IF blood tests were done, their results most certainly had no bearing on this article. It was determined PRIOR to calling their parents and taking them to the hospital that the drug was methamphetamine. Determined by school officials, who undoubtedly are not experts and surely did not have gas chromatography and mass spectrometry equipment helping them decide if it was meth or not. 

Second, even if it was meth, it was still just meth. It was dissolved in either an alcohol or water and then a piece of paper was soaked in it and dried. But there is nothing new about the drug. Liquid meth is not stronger, more pure, or more potent than crystal meth, because by definition crystal meth is an isolated pure molecule (before it gets cut with adulterants, anyway), while liquid meth is combined with another chemical (let's say, H2O), making it LESS pure at the outset.

Third, liquid meth / meth on paper is not more potent in its effects. Bioavailability refers to how much of a drug actually produces effects within the body. Eating meth soaked on paper would actually not be that effective, as only about 63% of the dose is available to the body. Compare this to 79% snorted, 90% smoked, and virtually 100% inject. This means snorting it is 25% more effective than eating it on paper, so it is NOT a more POTENT form of the drug.

Fourth, I found one of the articles you were getting your outside information from, and that article was also poorly written. As a case in point, you quoted directly from that article and exposed both your own ignorance and that of the article: "[...] in Alabama and Iowa - and now in Texas. This new liquid meth also surfaced in Arab [sic] on two different people [...]". For the sake of anyone reading this article, that article, or your comment above, it really ought to be stressed that there is no place in the world called "Arab." There is Saudi Arabia, there is the Arabian Peninsula, there are Arab communities. But there is no place called "Arab." And the fact that you would retype that line so uncritically from another article demonstrates either that you are careless and therefore unqualified to offer meaningful commentary to this article (and surely not to determine whether or not this is "outstanding reporting"), or, you were not aware that no place exists called "Arab," in which case you are equally unqualified to offer commentary

ShondaRobinsonKellas, I am not trying to be insulting, I am just angry and frustrated at the low-quality, sensational, and fear-mongering reporting concerning drugs and drug policy in this country. There is nothing new, scary, or noteworthy at all about this story or the meth (if it even is meth and not the more likely case of LSD). Another story that has been bothering me recently is that of so-called "Krokodil." Though the drug is real, the drug in its pure form does not possess any of the frightening effects that are described in news articles. Those frightening effects are due to amateur chemists using low-quality materials and procedures to process over-the-counter codeine into desomorphine. Extra purification steps, better quality reactants, and a better synthesis procedure would go a long way toward preventing the damaging qualities of home-made Krokodil. But the point is, it is a result of the Drug War that these addicts turn toward dangerous drug substitutes because of the cost of street drugs and the lack of access to addiction treatment.

But the more relevant point here is the fear-mongering and misrepresentation. A whole slew of local sheriffs and hospital ER doctors across the US have been claiming to see cases of Krokodil popping up, when what they are really doing is misrepresenting the common place infections that result from IV drug use under unsafe conditions. Then they make outrageous statements like, "Krokodil in rural Ohio," which simply isn't true. And the reason is that Krokodil depends on over-the-counter codeine for its manufacture. In Russia, codeine is over the counter, and therefore the conditions for its production were met. However, this is not the case in the US, and manufacture of Krokodil here would ALWAYS be cost prohibitive compared to the sale of heroin. No dealer on the planet would make a business decision like that.

The DEA has recently gone on record supporting this and outright stating that the sheriffs and doctors are misinformed and exaggerating. No verified case of Krokodil exists in the US.

CoolBeanzIA
CoolBeanzIA

@DanaLarsen Actually, there is such thing as liquid meth which is taken exactly as described in this article. . I guess you aren't as smart as you thought you were. 

MartinHarvey
MartinHarvey

@MarkVerhoff @ShondaRobinsonKellams Hmmmm... Maybe get another hobby other than commenting on drugs? Not sure why you believe so profoundly that everyone (or anyone) should give any weight to your opinions, not matter how vociferously you state them.

AlexanderChristensen
AlexanderChristensen

@DanaLarsen it would technically not be methamphetamine if liquid, as the chemical process would not be complete, furthermore by skipping the recrystallization it would be diluted by waste products, and unnecessary fluids. if this is indeed meth, its meth, water, and paper, and would be a horribly complex way of preparing it for sale.
 @CoolBeanzIA actually when stored in the mouth cavity untill dissolved, its not absorbed through the skin, but through the mucous membranes in your mouth, same principle as snorting.

didjesbydan
didjesbydan

I have to say, when I was reading it, I thought maybe he was on meth himself.