Drug Users In Delta Now Take Mixture Of Soft Drinks And Methylated Spirit To Get Intoxicated
Some Nigerian youths have taken the abuse of drugs to another level in the country, as it has been discovered that drug abusers in Ughelli a community in Delta State now dilutes soft drink with methylated spirit and some other chemicals in a bid to get intoxicated.
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According to medical experts, the methylated spirit can also be referred to as denatured alcohol or denatured rectified spirit.
Information available to Nigeria News reveals that such chemicals are made from ethanol which is likely to make the substance poisonous and irritating.
Experts in the field of science also disclose that such drugs and chemicals are harmful to body cells.
According to a pharmacist, Austin Sideso, “Mixing this spirit with soft drinks might douse the bad taste thereby giving it a false taste by making it convenient for these youths to consume in a cocktail form.”
“Methylated spirit is denatured alcohol and it is poisonous with 80 percent alcohol and 20 percent ethyl. For the normal alcohol, the renal system metabolizes it into something that the body can discharge, hence after consumption of alcohol, there is a tendency to urinate and after a while, the alcohol fades out from the system”
“But for methylated spirit, it takes the renal system at least four hours to absolve, after which it forms formaldehyde, a carcinogenic chemical in the body. This causes kidney failure and a prolonged use can also lead to blindness, abnormal pain.”
Some of the youths have based their reasons for consuming such harmful substance on the need to get over a depressing situation, as they also noted that such drugs and chemicals are cheaper to purchase compared to some others like tramadol, codeine.
The new trend of mixing soft drink with such chemicals was also confirmed by an official of National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA.
In the words of the official who pleaded anonymity,“Yes, it is a new trend of mixture being ingested by drug users today.”
“To the best of my knowledge, the agency has not prosecuted anyone for consuming this mixture as someone with a bottle of methylated spirit and soft drink is not breaking any law, but we are doing our best through our enlightenment programme to educate the people, particularly, youths on the damaging effect in the consumption of such mixtures.”