Enterprising little offender, isn’t he?


I had to laugh when reading this report.

A driver in northeastern Spain has tested positive for ‘every possible kind of drug’ after being pulled over by police on Saturday.

Police found high levels of cannabis, amphetamines/methamphetamine, cocaine, opiates; as well as alcohol, with a rate of 0,60 mg/l.

Local police told Euronews that a neighbour in the town of Carcastillo called the police saying that “several people were getting in a vehicle influenced by alcoholic beverages.”

There’s more at the link.

I didn’t know it was possible to test positive for everything!  Wouldn’t that be the sort of result we’d expect a coroner to discover during an autopsy, rather than police during a sobriety check?

I have an uncomfortable feeling that rednecks across the USA, reading this report, are saying to each other, “Dang it, I won’t let some furriner set the record!  Hold my beer and watch this!”



  1. Nah. We get them testing positive for 'everything' more frequently than you'd think. Usually 20-something males with more money than sense.

  2. One of the 'college students' (no, he wasn't) who got ventilated by a cop back in the late 90's in my area was high on coke, heroin, oxys, morphine, cannabis, meth, horse tranqs, lsd and formaldehyde.

    I saw the tox report. He wasn't quite at good boy George Floyd levels, but it took 4 blocks after his heart was blown away for him to stop driving.

  3. Wait… BAC of 0,60 mg/l? Isn't that 0.6 parts per freakin' million? Milligrams per (approximately) kilogram? Is that even enough to detect with a normal test?
    Limit in the U.S. is generally 0.08%, or 800ppm, isn't it?

  4. Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas comes to mind.
    We had two bags of grass, seventy-five pellets of mescaline, five sheets of high powered blotter acid, a salt shaker half full of cocaine, and a whole galaxy of multi-colored uppers, downers, screamers, laughers… and also a quart of tequila, a quart of rum, a case of Budweiser, a pint of raw ether and two dozen amyls.
    Not that we needed all that for the trip, but once you get locked into a serious drug collection, the tendency is to push it as far as you can.
    Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

  5. Right US uses percent so a BAC of .1% (over the limit most places it is .08% now) would be 1g/liter (a liter of water is ~ 1kg and blood is effectively salt water so close enough). If those units are right that's quite sober. My bet is the newspaper got the units wrong or reporter read a valu of something else (for example those weird ass units might make sense for blood sugar)

  6. What jen said.

    We regularly get folks who light up every box on the screening tests. 'Taint hard.

    No idea how long the elements remain en corpus to pop on the tests, and the only one we can quantify, to date, is alcohol, on the common tests. I can tell you how drunk you are, and approximate how drunk you were, based on known factors.

    The other boxes just tell me that sometime in the near-recent-past, you had those things onboard. Anything else is inferential, based on clinical presentation. I.e. if you're lethargic, and Narcan works, you're high on opiates.

    Which is a non-zero number of the zombies we get, day in and day out, including the homeless, who can't afford soap or clean socks, but who can and do shoot out the entire Skittles Rainbow of the Big Seven drug categories on every test we administer.

    Usually on top of being clinically crazy.

    When Joe Average discovers the benefits of Rule .22LR applied to the homeless wastoid population, you'll know the Apocalypse has arrived from the hoofprints of the Four Horsemen pawing up the turf.

    And which, unlike four-legged predators, only requires the first and last of the Three S Rule, and leaves dotGov holding the bag on the middle one.

    When that penny drops, it's going to be a bad, bad place out there. I'm frankly amazed it hasn't reached critical mass yet, and if it transpires that it may already have, would be completely unsurprised, other than wondering "What took so long?"

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