As if their reputations hadn’t absorbed enough slings and arrows, Chinese manufacturers now take the dubious honor for having made a toy that when eaten—as by small children who don’t know any better—turns into the party drug GHB. The fact that some strange glue on the toys is breaking down and getting kiddies high is bad enough. But the fact that it’s getting them high on something the media routinely calls “the date-rape drug” really brings this to the next level of badness.
The Age’s report on the incident says, “The toy contains beads that have been found to contain a chemical that the body metabolises into gamma-hydroxy butyrate (GHB), also known as ‘grievous bodily harm’. It should instead contain a non-toxic glue.”
“Should contain” indeed.