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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Online Drug Poisoning

Nowadays one can find just about anything they want on the Internet. Although, when it comes to buying illegal drugs online you may get more than you bargained for as was the case of two Oregonian men. The two men purchased what they thought was a recreational drug and were poisoned by it, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports.

After taking what they believed was the designer amphetamine derivative 2C-E, the Oregon men were poisoned and turned blue from a lack of oxygen and one of them lost consciousness. Aniline is what the men actually consumed, a highly toxic industrial chemical, HealthDay reports. One of them stated that they bought the drug from the Internet site of a Chinese chemical company.

“This case highlights the danger to the public and the challenges facing public health agencies in an era in which virtually any chemical produced in any country is available through Internet sales,” the CDC noted in its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. “Purchase of chemicals from unregulated Internet sources poses a serious risk to purchasers from product contamination and substitution.”

Fortunately, health officials were able to quickly determine what chemical they had ingested and were able to provide treatment. This case shows how dangerous buying illicit drugs online can be, the potential for poisoning is a real thing.

Call the Food and Drug Administration at its 24-hour, toll-free number (1-888-INFO-FDA) in case of an emergency.

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