Indonesia’s boiled tampon juice: Teens are extracting menstrual fluids from sanitary pads and drinking extracted potentially lethal concoctions-getting high.
At least when I was a teenager I stuck to a bottle of scotch.
It appears teenagers eager to get their buzz on (rite of passage that most adolescents are understandably curious about…) are now trying a new concoction – what concoction you wonder? The drink your boiled tampon juice until you drop and fly to heaven.
Oh that one….
According to Vice– teens in Indonesia keen to get their buzz on have taken to collecting menstrual pads and tampons — often of the used variety — and boiling them, allowing the mixture to cool and then imbibing the resulting liquid.
But can I have it shaken or stirred? Or maybe just on the rocks? Or maybe just giddy and straight up….
— Yahoo Singapore (@YahooSG) November 13, 2018
Boiled tampon juice: ‘We drink it morning, afternoon and evening’.
So popular has the fad become local police have recorded a surge in arrest of inebriated-incapacitated minors and along with individuals caught making the menstrual-pad moonshine for their budding clientele.
One 14-year-old confessed that he and his buds swig it ‘morning, afternoon and evening,’ according to Indonesia’s Pos Belitung.
According to the teen, the discarded pad (which are easily found strewn in litter fills) is removed from its wrapper and boiled for about an hour, after which the water is cooled.
From there the sanitary product is squeezed into the container, after which the water is drunk- and presto! A giddy dangerous buzz which involves the risk of fatalities given the unknown source of other impurities.
Notes Vice: ‘What drew them to menstrual pads in the first place? Well, that might have something to do with the fact that there are more than a billion of them thrown away every single month. Indonesian consumers don’t buy tampons, mainly because of prevailing beliefs that women who use tampons are no longer really “virgins.”
The National Narcotics Agency in Indonesia says it’s the chlorine used to sanitize menstrual products that’s getting kids tipsy, giving them hallucinations and a feeling of ‘flying.’
As it turns out, this has been going on for at least a couple of years, as this phenomenon was first reported by Indonesian authorities back in 2016.
‘I don’t know who started it,’ Jimy Ginting, an advocate for safe drinking in Indonesia, tells the Jakarta Post. ‘There is no law against it so far. There is no law against these kids using a mixture of mosquito repellent and [cold syrup] to get drunk.’
Welcome to a discarded terrain where disillusioned youth are now trying whatever it takes to get through paradise ….