(2 January 2018, Perth, Australia) Nine tourists, a hotel room, a mail
delivery of a plain package from a foreign country containing a mysterious
white powder labelled SCOOP. What would you do with mystery powder?
No one had ordered the substance delivery from New York and no one knew
what SCOOP was yet they decided it might be cocaine. The nine tourist backpackers
divided the powder equitably into nine small lines and did something
crazy! They snorted it.
Professor Steve Alsopp said, "When you don't know what's in a drug,
that will significantly increase the risk." Words to remember!
Hallucinations started straightaway, faces felt like they were melting off,
and within ten minutes most were unconscious. Authorities arrived to find
bodies everywhere, senseless or suffering seizures. Apparently it was
quite a sight.
Seven men and two women were sent to three different medical facilities
for emergency care. That mysterious white powder, delivered by surprise to
the residence, was Scopolamine. Also known as Hyoscine, the drug is
produced from plants of the nightshade family and used to treat motion
sickness and postoperative nausea and vomiting. It is also used in
crime to lower the
ability of a victim to resist criminal aggression.
Six 'snorters' were released from hospital the next day, and three remained under medical care. Each of the nine knot-heads is headed for a Darwin Award. Until then, we salute their addled spirit of adventure with an Honorable Mention.
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