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Oakland DOC cocktail warning

Add a powerful new street drug called DOC to the list of dangerous cocktails that suburban young people in Oakland County are experimenting with. It's touted as providing a 24-hour psychedelic high from the combination of hallucinogens and amphetamines.

Undersheriff Michael McCabe said the Oakland County Narcotics Enforcement Team is analyzing the DOC sample - which is the second case in the county.

"We're not sure whether it's an illegal substance until we identify exactly what's in it," McCabe said.

Still, Gary Kunsman, chief forensic toxicologist for the Oakland County Medical Examiner's Office, said DOC can be lethal. One risk from using high doses of DOC is malignant hypothermia.

"The body temperature goes crazy because the brain stem loses the ability to control it. (The temperature) becomes so high, it can cause death," Kunsman said.

An individual from another city, he said, had purchased DOC in crystalline form, mixed it into a liquid and soaked art paper with the solution after learning how to do it on the Internet. The individual had cut the paper into pieces and was distributing it at the gathering.

"It's kind of like '70s blotter acid. It only takes a small amount of dosage to get the desired effect. But this person was winging it to dilution and OD-ing everybody he gave it to," Scherlinck said.

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Posted on: 2006-05-31 13:35:02