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Oxi [May. 31st, 2011|10:18 am]
Warren Ellis

I was reading about this muck on DoseNation the other week, and now there’s a larger feature at the Guardian

Oxi is essentially cocaine and petrol.  That’s gasoline for our language-challenged cousins over the water.  Lots of things are being said about it right now: that it emerged in the 80s, that regular use of it gives you a life expectancy of about a year, that oxi users can be spotted by the fact that they’re apparently passing you on a tidal wave of their own diarrhoea.  But what struck me was this:

Despite growing concern, authorities admit the exact nature of oxi is a mystery. "Oxi’s existence has only come to our attention very recently," said Elenice Frez, the police chief in Assis Brasil, a tiny town on the border between Brazil and Peru that is a notorious route for traffickers. "It is a new thing and we don’t yet have all the technical details of what oxi really is and the damage it can cause to someone who becomes addicted and uses it constantly."

As in the fake Chinese revolution, we seem to be hitting interesting points of informational failure.

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[User Picture]From: dr_memory
2011-05-31 06:37 pm (UTC)
From the Guardian article: "The majority of first-time users become addicted on their first contact with the drug. Most of them go seven to 10 days without sleeping, without eating. They start to go into a process of degeneration. After months of use … they go into a state where they look like zombies, wandering … in search of pleasure."

I am calling complete bullshit. The whole "addicted right after their first puff" routine was also reported when crack showed up: it was nonsense then, it's nonsense now.

(Which is not to say that oxi or crack is a good idea.)
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[User Picture]From: darthparadox
2011-05-31 11:14 pm (UTC)
Yeah, given that the two primary (non-drug-addict) sources in the article are a social worker who no doubt desperately needs more funding for his agency and an opposition politician who's obviously using this as a political opportunity, I'm taking a few grains of salt with this one.

(The police chief who they cited as saying "Yeah, it's the new shit and we have no idea what the impact of it is"? He's a hell of a lot more believable.)
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[User Picture]From: brockulfsen
2011-06-01 10:49 pm (UTC)

Re: Sheesh.

Oz just busted a large shipment of cocaine dissolved in motor oil. Came with its own chemist to oversee the reprocessing.

I love it when life imitates propaganda.
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[User Picture]From: merzbunny
2011-06-01 01:57 am (UTC)
There is a distinct whiff of jenkem around this story.
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