Sofia mentioned this new drug yesterday. She said it sounded so cool she considered trying it. 😉 It’s called “Cheese”. Frickin’ sweet.
Cheese is a heroin-based recreational drug that surfaced in the United States in 2005 and came to the media’s attention after a string of deaths among adolescents in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, in 2006 and 2007.
Cheese is formed by combining heroin with crushed tablets of certain over-the-counter cold medication, such as Tylenol PM. Such cold medications contain acetaminophen, the active ingredient in Tylenol, and the antihistamine diphenhydramine, the active ingredient in Benadryl and a common opiate potentiator. Cheese samples obtained in north Dallas contained between 2% and 8% heroin, in contrast to the 30% commonly found in black tar heroin. Users commonly take the powder by insufflation rather than by intravenous injection.
But wait, there’s more coolness: when making “Cheese’ you take Black Tar Heroin, this is the really crappy heroin that often comes from Mexico, boil it in water, add Tylenol PM, and this is what’s commonly referred to by these zany/whacky kids as “monkey juice”. That sounds like awesome! Talk about effective marketing to children. When I was a kid the drugs were called unappealing things. Like Acid, PCP (sounded a lot like CFC or PCB neither of which had an especially fun name), Reds (sounded like communists and I knew those were bad), and Weed (reminded me of hard work in the yard). Cheese just sounds awesome. Almost as cool as “monkey juice”.