Oh the ignorance coupled with hatred…
Good old Wingnut News Daily is gleefully reporting on the “serious investigative work” of the racist far right wing nut blogger “sundancer”‘s The Conservative Treehouse who claims that the Skittles and iced tea Trayvon Martin was carrying when murdered are essential ingredients in the Dextromethorphan (DXM) concoction called “lean”. He further claims that the autopsy shows liver damage consistent with DXM abuse, and that DXM abuse causes psychosis and aggression over the long term.
Now…where to start?
Well- first off- sundancer either ignorantly or intentionally as it fits his view, ignores the fact that the candy Skittles is NOT an ingredient of the concotion. Skittles in this sense is simply slang for Coricidin Cold Pills which contain DXM.
Ok- now that the whole underlying premise is blown out of the water…
The autopsy does not show any signs of liver damage and indeed clearly states “normal”.
And never mind that both the physical and mental damage claimed from DXM would take years of sustained abuse to manifest. And abuse at levels incompatible with someone of Trayvons age. And abuse at levels which surely would have manifested in both social and legal knowledge of the abuse.
The hate, fear, and irrationality in our society must stop. It is especially alarming coming from those who wrap themselves in god and religion.
Edit to add: I should also point out that “the conservative treehouse” claims to have references to “DXM” in Trayvons facebook history. Which of course- has conveniently been unavailable since the hacking episodes shortly after his death. But some research seems to indicate that there was no such reference- but instead a number of references to the rapper DMX.
It should also be pointed out that DXM is not commonly tested for in urinalysis- but can be tested for for 3-5 days. I can’t find a conclusive answer as to how long it is testable for in blood samples but presumably at least twice as long. I can’t find a definitive answer as to whether it would have been included in the tox screen at an utoposy in FL, although a friend who is a chemist at one of the major drug screening companies in CA says it almost certainly would be in the case of a homicide or suspicious death, and that it should be detectable for at least a week if not much longer with any real use.