From: robbiew@alpha1.phoenix.net (Robbie Westmoreland)
Newsgroups: alt.folklore.urban
Subject: Blue Star Confusion Reigns (Was Re: Can LSD kill?  Blue Star on Channel 42 Austin)
Date: 27 Feb 1997 22:26:10 GMT
Organization: Phoenix DataNET
  
In article <5dqems$9ct@cobra.Minn.Net>, McClain Looney wrote: $Mr. Burns wrote:
$: A couple of months ago. K-eye channel 42 in Austin ran
$: a story warning parents that there is a NEW threat to kids.
$: Sinister folk are lacing self adhesive tatoos with LSD.  These
$: are distinguished by the brand/appearance of a blue star or
$: blue star logo.  I saw it when visiting there.
$
$Heh.  I remember a similar, mimeographed scare being passed around
$circa 1980, complete with blue star.  This is DEFINITELY a UL, passed on
$from generation to generation.  I wonder what it was before fake tatoos
$and LSD..?
And of course it's all there in the FAQ.
But wait! In today's (2/27/97) Houston Chronicle, page 29A:

ARREST NETS 500 DOSES OF 'ALIEN ACID'

LSD believed destined for Fort Bend Schools

RICHMOND - They look like innocent trading cards.

But the baseball-style cards with the cool-looking alien images on the front are laced with enough LSD to provide a chemical high for 100 people - and they're produced with the youth market in mind.

This week's arrest of a Houston man netted 500 such hits, or doses, of "alien acid" believed destined for Elkins and Clements high schools in the Fort Bend Independent School District, authorities said Wednesday."

...

Law enforcement officers say the hallucinogenic drug, though not as popular as during its heyday in the 1960s, is making a comeback among younger teens, especially in the high-school set.

"A very small amount goes a long way," said Texas Department of Public Safety narcotics Lt. Ralph Mutchler, who covers a region comprising Brazoria, Fort Bend, Galveston, Matagorda and Wharton counties.

His department doesn't work many juvenile cases, but information he has received from his five-county area shows that LSD use typically ebbs and flows.

...

Manufacturers and sellers are such skilled marketers, narcotics officers said, that sometimes police don't even know how to spot LSD. Manufacturers typically hae their own trademark, which is the logo on the front of the card.

Sheriff's spokeswoman Cheryl Skinner said even alert parents might have trouble recognizing the alien cards for what they really are.

"If that card were in my home, I would not have a clue it contained a drug," Skinner said. "It's scary."

Glendening said users most commonly will put the small LSD-laced stickers under their tongues. They also will place a sticker somewhere on the body, he said, cover it with a Band-Aid and let their skin slowly absorb the drug.

...

[Glendening] and Detective Kenny Seymour were going to purchase five sheets, known on the street as "half a book," of LSD hits in the undercover operation this week. They said they were to pay $2,750, although the street value is closer to $4,000.

With each card containing 100 hits at $800 a pop, middle-man sellers stand to make quite a profit, detectives said.


Can you say misinformed, sensationalistic press? There's a picture on page 31A over the continuation of the article. It shows what's clearly blotter paper with ugly alien-head drawings on it. The alien looks like something from X-Files. How could anyone confuse this with "trading cards?" And since this distribution method has been around for DECADES, how could police officers fail to identify the drug?!

So, anyone think it's worth trying to correct the idiot reporter on this story? Her name is Patti Muck. She's an employee of the Chronicle. And I'll bet dollars to donuts that she has an email address at patti.muck@chron.com

Robbie "What, me encourage millions of screaming Usenet freaks to bombard a hapless reporter with email?" Westmoreland