Warning: This story is not for those who have a squeamish stomach.
Teenagers in Indonesia are collecting menstrual pads and tampons — often of the used variety — and boiling them, allowing the mixture to cool and then imbibing the resulting liquid.
Police have already arrested several minors caught making this menstrual-pad moonshine.
One 14-year-old confessed that he and his buds swig it “morning, afternoon and evening,” the Daily Mail reports.
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.”
Please, Mr. Ginting, don’t give them any more ideas.
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