Rat poison: in which drugs is it added and for what purpose?

Toxicology specialists and addiction experts agree that the vast majority of the time the adulterants added to drugs tend to be more dangerous than the psychoactive substance itself. This idea intensified after the case of Milagros Alanis Moyano became known, the young woman from Mar del Plata who died in Palma de Mallorca after consuming an ecstasy pill and her relatives reported that the tablet had been adulterated with rat poisonBut is rodenticide usually used in this case?

Dr. Carlos Damín , head of the Toxicology Service of the Fernández Hospital and president of Fundartox, told Ámbito that “it is unlikely that an ecstasy tablet is adulterated with rat poison, which belongs to the chemical group of superwarfarinics, and produces a very slow and long-term death ”.

In the case of ecstasy or MDMA , the most frequent adulterants both in the country and in Spain “are those from the group of cathinones, which are more than 20, have an effect similar to ecstasy, but can produce much more serious symptoms when moment of ingestion ” . This aggregate must be incorporated by the same producer who presses the tablet and uses it because these substances “produce a similar effect, but at a cheaper cost.”

Different, according to Damín, is to adulterate a powder like cocaine . “In this case, the rat poison, which is also a white powder, is used to generate more volume, because the drug is sold by weight. On the other hand, a tablet like ecstasy is not going to be worth more or less because it is bigger or smaller ”.

For his part, Dr. Sergio Saracco , toxicologist and Director of the Observatory of Public Health and Consumption Problems of the National University of Cuyo explained that “rodenticides do not produce hyperthermia, which is one of the expected effects of ecstasy – always depending on the amount of the drug ingested, the hydration of the user and genetic issues- “. He explained that rat poison is an anticoagulant that has nothing to do with this picture.

Finally, Dr. Eduardo Kalina , Master in Addictions and Professor of the Postgraduate Addictions at the Universidad del Salvador, indicated that “since 2017 in the United States a rat poison with anticoagulant effects, called brodificaum, has been used as an adjunct to the so-called synthetic cannabinoids, including Black Mamba, K2 and Spice ”.

“They promote this poison as an add-on for ‘different experience’, something that the addict pursues since he is attracted to dangerous products, to the point of becoming a guinea pig with whom they experiment. But it is the supplements that cause the most deaths and versions of these drugs come out all the time, which are especially dangerous when mixed with alcohol ”, he concluded.