What’s in My Baggie?
During the 1920s and early 30s, there were laws in the United States that prohibited the sales, production, transportation, and importation of alcoholic beverages. Prohibition was mandated under the Eighteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution. During this period of time, alcoholism soared. Some statistics show that there was an increase above 300% in the consumption of alcoholic drinks— the most popular being moonshine. This ban led people to start brewing and selling their own beverages in their homes and in makeshift labs. Consumers weren’t always aware of what they were paying for, though, and there are reports of hundreds of deaths caused by poisons that were –sometimes deliberately and other times unknowingly – added to the alcohol.
The same thing seems to be happening today. As the United States loses the war on drugs, more and more substances have become misrepresented or adulterated to the extent that dangerous and poisonous ingredients are being added to the mix.
Drug users pay large sums of money for what they believe to be Molly (MDMA), LSD, or Ecstasy and end up with nothing more than bath salts or research chemicals. Many chemists are using synthetic cathinones, experimental amphetamines, and a host of other strange ingredients and selling them as popular drugs.
A group of men decided to tour the country trying to shed some light on the problem. Drug use in general is a shady business and addicts generally have no standards regarding what they put into their body. Add to that the fact that many people honestly believe that they have a discerning palate and can detect variations in substances that they are consuming. That, of course, is far from the truth.
As they visit the party scenes, these researchers are surprised to find that most people are unaware of what is inside the bag of drugs they purchased.
There is an anonymous organization that goes by the name the Bunk Police that has taken it upon themselves to distribute spot test kits that allow drug users to test their substances to find out if it’s really what they paid for. The process is really very simple. All that needs to be done is to pour one or two drops of a reagent on the drug sample. A reaction will occur immediately. Once there’s a change, then the substance’s new color needs to be compared to the color chart. It’s not the most accurate technology, but the alternative is to blindly take whatever some stranger sells you and suffer deadlier consequences.
It’s no secret that kids love to experiment with drugs, as did their parents just a few decades before them. If you tell someone that they’re not allowed to do something it usually just makes them want to do it more. With this in mind, it might be time for drug policy to change. Watch this interesting film now.