By Hannah Butera & Tyler Curtiss
In 2017, 10,000 gallons of tainted alcohol were detected and confiscated from all-inclusive resorts in Mexico. There have been multiple accounts of individuals blacking out after a few drinks, and even one fatal incident where a woman died as a result of substandard alcohol.
So, what is tainted alcohol? Tainted alcoohol is liquor that’s been tampered with dangerous drugs or, in some cases, a mixture of drugs. The most common drugs traced from tainted drinks include phencyclidine, commonly referred to as PCP, along with scopolamine and methaqualone. The chemical makeup of these drugs can lead to severe intoxication and can be fatal.
A recent case involved a Wisconsin born woman who died at an all inclusive resort in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, after what is thought to have been caused by tainted liquor. This fatal incident led the U.S State Department to issue a travel warning. Another case involved two twins who became victims of tainted alcohol. One of the twins suffered a concussion and was later stabilized; however, the other twin fell into a coma and was soon pronounced brain dead.
Although there are only a few recent and severe cases of tainted alcohol, it is important to be aware of the issue. “My family and I traveled to Mexico last year, and I was unaware of the risk my older siblings and parents were facing”, said Senior Amy Smith. If you are traveling to Mexico, or even any tropical resort, it is important to inform your parents and anyone you know of legal age that could be at risk. “My family travels to Florida very often, so I’m definitely going to tell them about this issue”, said Junior Hailey Griffin. While this issue may not be prevalent in Florida, it is still important to be cautious.
It is important to be aware of your surroundings at all times. While this issue may not pertain to you, it is crucial to make others aware of it’s extremity. If you notice someone acting strange or ill after a small consumption of alcohol, it is crucial to seek medical attention immediately.