Friday, November 9, 2007
Sure enough, as my dad suspected, the ingredient that metabolized into GHB has been confirmed as 1,4-butanediol. But other mysteries are presenting themselves:
How the precursor got into the beads is a mystery. "It's not in the list of ingredients," Gunja [deputy medical director of Australia's Poisons Information Center] says. "It wasn't meant to be in there."
Carpenter [the Australian research who first figured out the problem] says one of the chemicals on the list of ingredients he received from the supplier was 1,5-pentanediol. He says there's speculation that 1,4-butanediol may have been substituted for 1,5-pentanediol.