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drugs and dead people…

3 October, 2007

Last night in forensics, we had a couple of guest speakers. Classmates were still irritating me with their inane questioning, but I still had fun because the speakers were really interesting. Basically the topics were related to drugs and dead people. Yay!

First, we had a couple of women in who are volunteers for a local search and rescue team. They volunteer everything for this–even their time and money training their dogs. The dogs are usually trained on finding both live and dead people, which is an interesting process. We saw a quick demonstration where the border collie they brought found some bones. It was neat to watch her at work, and how excited she was to play with her tennis ball after she was successful.

Our next speaker was a narcotics officer. He talked about the various kinds of drugs and passed around samples and drug paraphenalia for all of us to see. I’m sure that it looked rather strange to passerby to see us passing a bong around the room, but it was interesting. I’d never really seen some of the drugs in the forms they were in, so it was very informative.

The best part about his presentation was just his personality. He cracked a lot of jokes, the best of which was when he discussed having been trained on how to grow marijuana indoors. “I grow good weed,” he said with a huge grin on his face. Ah, priceless. He showed us pictures of people who had been doing meth for awhile…scary effects. It’s crazy how it ravages your body and can age you 20 years in as little as a few years, but people still want to do it. There were a lot of graphic pictures about what can happen to people when meth labs go wrong, too. There were people whose hands had been blown off in explosions, people whose skin was burned off by anhydrous ammonia leaks, people who were burned to death in flash fires, and my personal favorite, the guy who aspirated his lungs when a makeshift anhydrous tank failed to contain its volatile contents. His lungs were on the outside of his body, yo. So…moral of the story? Cooking meth = veddy bad.

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9 Comments leave one →
  1. Llama Momma permalink
    3 October, 2007 8:42 am

    Good moral…I did not know this. Note to self….discontinue meth lab asap!

  2. Justine permalink
    3 October, 2007 9:39 am

    So apparently today is “blog about drugs day.” See my post!

    This would all be very interesting to me too, as I’ve never seen any of that stuff. Such a goodie-goodie, I tell ya!

  3. lisslo permalink
    3 October, 2007 10:02 am

    Llama momma: Good. My public service announcement worked if it reached one meth cook. 😉

    aunt tine: Hee hee…It is blog about drugs day! We’ll have to pass it on!

  4. lisslo permalink
    3 October, 2007 10:05 am

    Oh, and P.S. I make it sound as though I’ve seen a ton of drugs or something, but it was through DARE in sixth grade that I saw stuff before.

  5. Justine permalink
    3 October, 2007 3:55 pm

    SURE…you don’t have to hide your drug habit anymore. We’re here for you, and we’ll support your stint in rehab. Just think, if you go to a fancy schmancy one in H-wood, you can rub elbows with the likes of Britney and Lindsay!

  6. libby permalink
    3 October, 2007 5:07 pm

    I keep seeing the guys lung hanging from his mouth, whats even worse was the blood coming from his eyes. Do you think they exploded?

  7. 4 October, 2007 7:42 am

    aunt tine: Ooh… You raise a good point. Wonder if they’d let me blog from rehab…

    libby: Yeah, it was horrible. I don’t know if they exploded or if the chemicals literally made him try to breathe when he couldn’t and out came his lung. Either way…um…ow?

  8. cierra permalink
    10 October, 2007 12:26 pm

    that was a really good point good job

  9. 10 October, 2007 4:52 pm

    thanks, cierra.

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