Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Finally, some useful information

I'm here in Sin City with 720 of my closest friends.  I wandered into the forensics section this morning and learned about designer drugs like Spice and Bath Salts.  Spice, as it turns out, is largely herbal in composition.  What is not on the label is the tetrahydrocannibinol derivative, or active ingredient of marijuana, that is sprayed on the herbal product.  Once it is chemically altered so that it is no longer included in Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act, it is no longer illegal in my home state of CA.  Bath Salts have derivatives of meth, XTC etc..  So my company makes and sells the analytical instrumentation that makes these analyses possible, but only a few labs have the expertise to even look for these modified compounds.  And that is what our guest speaker came to tell us about today.

But you know, for my buck, alcohol is the drug of choice and it's always legal.  Amazing, though, what you can find on the Internet.