New product aids war on drugs
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[SEPT. 14, 2004]
There's stirring news in the
war on drugs. Following two years of research, the combined efforts
of state Rep. John M. Shimkus, Southern Illinois University
Carbondale and SSCI Inc., there's a new product called GloTell™ on
the market. GloTell is expected to seriously inhibit the illegal
production and use of methamphetamine.
The makers of meth usually steal the
key ingredient, anhydrous ammonia, a product used as fertilizer and
readily found on farms and in fields throughout the Midwest.
Since GloTell hit the market on Aug. 17
it has been gaining acclaim with such phrases as "a new use for the
term 'in the pink.'" After it is added to anhydrous ammonia, it
causes exposed skin to become pink, an unnatural shade of pink, when
it makes contact. It will stain the hands of meth producers, and it
will stain users at their injection site and around their noses if
it is inhaled.
The hygroscopic (water-grabbing)
capability of GloTell also alters the quality of the
methamphetamine. The meth produced using it is highly inferior.
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An additional benefit to farmers using
the product is that the additive serves as a leak detector, staining
the valves, pipes or fittings where an ammonia leak may occur. It
will help farmers save money from accidental loss of the gaseous
is now being distributed exclusively through a Norfolk, Va.,
agricultural products company, Royster-Clark Inc, and is being
offered at an affordable rate to farmers. Company president G.
Kenneth Moshenek stated, "Royster-Clark is proud to offer GloTell as
one solution to a problem which has plagued our industry for many