Lemon juice as a solvent for heroin in Spain

John Page, Jose Salazar Fralle

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Abstract

Preliminary observations and responses to interviews in Valencia, Spain reveal that injecting drug users (IDUs) dissolve heroin before injection with two or three drops of lemon juice. Solution in lemon juice makes heating of heroin in water unnecessary. This pattern apparently developed spontaneously in Spain, but is almost unknown elsewhere in the world. Its implications for IDUs' health remain speculative, but use of lemon juice to dissolve heroin for injection deserves further scientific study.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1193-1197
Number of pages5
JournalSubstance Use and Misuse
Volume34
Issue number8
StatePublished - Jun 17 1999

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Keywords

  • Heroin solvent
  • IDU
  • Lemon juice

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Psychology(all)

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Lemon juice as a solvent for heroin in Spain. / Page, John; Fralle, Jose Salazar.

In: Substance Use and Misuse, Vol. 34, No. 8, 17.06.1999, p. 1193-1197.

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Page, J & Fralle, JS 1999, 'Lemon juice as a solvent for heroin in Spain', Substance Use and Misuse, vol. 34, no. 8, pp. 1193-1197.
Page, John ; Fralle, Jose Salazar. / Lemon juice as a solvent for heroin in Spain. In: Substance Use and Misuse. 1999 ; Vol. 34, No. 8. pp. 1193-1197.
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