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This report is a prime example of why free and independent media is crucial to any society that aspires to be a democracy.
Posted by Andrew on September 1, 2012 11:42
Thailand, unfortunately, due to lax controls is one of the few countries where banned pest control substances such as DDT, Dieldrin, Thallium and Chlorpyrifos (allegedly used at the Downtown Inn, Chiang Mai) are still in common use, and readily available ''off the shelf'' in some places. Although DEET is considered highly toxic it is still possibly the most used mosquito repellent and should be used with care. There are natural non toxic remedies that are just as effective.
Posted by Pete on September 1, 2012 13:47
Andrew...unfortunately, it appears that the urgency to do anything about taking responsibility and doing something formidible is not that great as long as tourist arrival numbers continue to climb...Only will something be done once people stop coming and foreign money stops pouring in.....Maybe when the money stops, authorities will finally feel a need to do something...Thats how things work here...and its sad!
Posted by sky on September 1, 2012 13:58
For years I've heard that some people mix ground up mosquito coils into a brew of kratom. I've never seen it drunk in person but every person I've asked says it is true and it was mainly done in the far south by Muslims. The normal brew of kratom and cough medicine is relatively harmless. The diphenhydramine in cough medicine acts with the mild narcotic effect of kratom. It cools you down and induces a pleasant feeling of being relaxed. In this case it is clear a dangerous poison of some sort must of been added if this indeed was what happened. I would question the motivations of anybody offering this type of drink to two young girls.
Posted by logbags on September 1, 2012 17:07
Until there's some hard evidence that the young women were offered such a drink, it's pure speculation. Even if the autopsy - when it's officially released - confirms the presence of insecticide, that doesn't mean it was taken in a drink. There has been no explanation from CBC as to how their reporter determined it was in a drink.
I don't like wild speculation either when people have died so tragically. I just thought I'd mention it because it is a reasonable theory and the average tourist would be totally unaware that such concoctions exist.
Posted by logbags on September 1, 2012 19:11
Posted by Andrew on September 1, 2012 19:12
Posted by SUe on September 2, 2012 03:03
@SUe: There would be about one small drop of citronella in the spray you buy at Tops. The pure steam distilled oil commands an exceedingly high price almost equating to that of rose oil distilled in the same manner, thus it bears no comparison to industrial grade (essential) oils that are most commonly used. Pure citronella has a multitude of uses, as an essential oil, in aromatherapy, medicinal - fevers, headaches, arthritis - insect repellents for humans & pets, cosmetics, perfumes, flavourings etc. etc. The reason I mentioned DIY distillation was that a very large profit can be made from the end product. I could go on but keep this short as it is somewhat off topic.
Posted by Pete on September 2, 2012 08:35
Thai mixologist: "Hmmm this cocktail doesn't take so good. I know, let's add this bottle of mosquito repellent I just bought in 7-11. That should add flavour." Mixes in bottle of 25% DEET mozzie spray. Shocking....
Posted by Mayday Call on September 2, 2012 10:12
Shocking guesswork, Mayday Call. It's unfair to pretend that it really happened. While CBC says that's what occurred, there's no supporting evidence yet.
I just think, if it was in a cocktail, wouldn't it have been a more wide spread problem, and happen more often.
Posted by Anonymous on September 2, 2012 13:59
Posted by SUe on September 2, 2012 23:43
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