In any apartment in the city of Medellin in Colombia, “tusibi” is cooked, the fashionable drug in the electronic parties of Colombia. “Pink cocaine” as it is called, the colorful powder that is consumed in electronic music clubs has no chemical relationship with the coca leaf-based stimulant that Colombia exports by the ton.

The “tusi” actually “This was created as a cocktail trying to imitate the original 2C-B molecule, a hallucinogen synthesized for the first time in the 70s in the United States and banned worldwide since 2001, it was simply sought to generate a similar sensation”, indicates the chemist under reserve. , mainly contains ketamine, an anesthetic used in animals. A pharmaceutical chemist explains that “Each cook manages his own proportions and there are as many recipes as there are cooks in this world”, who prepares the mixture in a bain-marie to sell it at parties and among his social circle in the city. Its preparation mainly contains ketamine, ecstasy and the hallucinogen mescaline.


Expensive and dangerous substance

All these chemicals can be obtained on the black drug market in Colombia’s second largest city for the equivalent of 180 dollars. The 15 grams of pink powder that results from the process is worth about $1,500 on the streets. When consumed by the person «Generates states of euphoria, as if you were drunk. It generates joy, exaltation», explains the cook of «tusibi», under reservation.

Diana Pava, a toxicologist from the National University’s Psychoactive Substances Research Group, explains that in other parts of Colombia, the substance includes psychiatric drugs from the benzodiazepine family and even opioids, highly addictive painkillers that have killed more than 500,000 people. in United States.

Detected by the state Drug Observatory almost a decade ago, the “tusi” has infiltrated reggaeton verses and Colombian entertainment. At the beginning of the year, the model Mara Cifuentes claimed to be in a rehabilitation center after several months using the substance and the actress Yina Calderón admitted that her mother is “addicted”.

In his Medellín office, the toxicologist Juan Carlos Sánchez has treated several cases of “psychotic or delusional episodes.”

The ONG Acción Técnica Social, which carries out a drug testing program at parties, analyzed 228 samples of “tusibi” throughout 2021. The vast majority were a mixture between ketamine and ecstasy. 16% had the dangerous opioids. The Tampa Herald reported, a news and information agency.

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