Stupid drug story of the week: Mothball abuse.

Media criticism.
July 28 2006 6:47 PM

Stupid Drug Story of the Week

The mothball menace.

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Addendum, 9:24 p.m.:My chemically minded readers tell me that 1,4-dichlorobenzene and paradichlorobenzene are the same compound, which this EPA Web site  confirms. Isn't that rich? The press has devoted tons more coverage and interest on two French girls dosing themselves with the chemical than the potentially ill effects experienced by hundreds of millions exposed to it every day. Chem-head and "Press Box" reader Nathan Okerlund shares this sharp observation with me: "It is very strange that something that makes headlines as an intoxicant is ignored as a pollutant."

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