Thai medical officials are warning about a recreational drug known as “death stamp” or “magic paper”.
The Nation reports that the deputy director-general of the Department of Medical Services, Dr. Manus Photaporn, says the drug is popular with foreign tourists and involves the use of lysergic acid diethylamide (commonly known as LSD or acid).
“Magic paper is basically blotter paper with drops of lysergic acid diethylamide, which is a type-one narcotic substance with hallucinogenic effects. It will then be cut into small pieces like postal stamps, decorated with various patterns and colours, and consumed by placing it under the tongue. The drug will take effect within 30-90 minutes and lasts 8-12 hours.”
Dr. Manus says side-effects of the drug include rising body temperature, blood pressure and heart rate, coupled with dilated pupils, loss of appetite, sweating and shaking.
“It also causes paranoia, increasing the risk to the user or others as such delusions can lead to attacks on others, self-harming or even suicide.”
The director of The Princess Mother National Institute on Drug Abuse Treatment says use of the drug in Thailand is not yet widespread, but some foreign tourists have been caught with it and the institute wants parents to be aware.
“We do however, feel it’s necessary to warn the public and raise their level of understanding. Parents need not to be panic for now, but should keep a close watch on their children’s sudden change in behavior.
By May Taylor Source: The Nation Photo: reddit.com