Well, this wasn’t something we were expecting. And no, it isn’t a joke.
Tide pods, bug spray, now menstrual pads. There’s been no shortage of creative and dangerous ways to get high, and this won’t be last of weird and disturbing things we hear of people using to get high.
Just this week, the Central Java branch of the National Drug Agency (BNN) in Indonesia broke the news of the fad during an interview with the newspaper Jawa Pos.
This is Disturbing
This is seriously disturbing and actually very sad.
The teens live on the streets in cities in Indonesia such as Purwodadi and Kudus which are impoverished areas, and most of the kids are aged 13 to 16. They’ve been taking menstrual pads – some used, some brand new – and boiling them in water, distilling the chemicals and “gels” inside. They then drink the water and feel high.
According to the BNN, drinking the bizarre formula gives the user a feeling of flying and hallucinations, and one teen who admitted drinking the concoction, “morning, afternoon, and evening,” described the liquid as “bitter,” mostly thanks to the chlorine in the product.
“The materials they’re using are legal, but they’re not being used in a way that’s intended, so it ends up being like a drug,” explained Suprinatro, a commissioner of BNN. “We need to take steps to educate people that there are materials that aren’t classified as drugs or psychotropics in the eyes of the law, but can still be misused.”
Trends on The Rise
However, apparently, this way of getting high has been going on for years. For Indonesian street kids, sniffing glue was the drug of choice. And more recently, they’ve moved to other creative ways to get messed up on things that we most not think twice about.