Young People Are Now Reportedly Bizarrely Getting High On Condom Aroma (Photo)
Following a spike in condom demand, authorities in Durgapur, a city in the Indian province of West Bengal, are alarmed.
Local store owners said that whereas they used to sell three or four packets each day, there are now rarely any on the shelves.
A young man was reportedly asked by a shopkeeper why he purchases so many condoms, to which he responded that he uses them to get drunk.
An official was quoted by News18 Bangla as saying that flavor-infused condoms emit an aromatic ingredient when they are soaked in hot water.
Young people in the Durgapur will leave them in water for several hours before drinking the water, which gets them high for around 10 to 12 hours.
"Condoms contain aromatic compounds. It breaks down to form alcohol. It is addictive. This aromatic compound is also found in dendrite glue. So many people use dendrite for addiction also," said Dheeman Mandal, who works at Durgapur Divisional Hospital.
Durgapur RE College Model School Chemistry teacher Nurul Haque explained: "The long-term soaking of condoms in hot water causes intoxication due to the breakdown of large organic molecules into alcoholic compounds."
Condoms aren't the only household items that people in India have used to get high.
According to OpIndia, other items such as cough syrup, glue, paint, nail polish, hand sanitisers, aftershave, balm or Iodex continue to be used to get high.
In Nigeria there have been booms in the sales of toothpaste and shoe ink for similar reasons.