Experimentation in organic chemistry lab

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A lab shutdown was enforced last Wednesday when several students were observed to have accidentally made meth in their Organic Chemistry lab.


Photo by Darude Sandystorm

Students were attempting their second trial of making aspirin when chemicals were mixed up. Everything smelled like acetone, which was fairly normal for the organic chemistry lab, so students thought that they were on the right track. When their solid failed to pass the tests needed to make aspirin, the professor wanted to take a closer look at the product. The grainy, white powder was later identified as poor-quality methamphetamines.

“Literally all we’ve made this semester have been white solids,” said Matt Matthews. “I mess up the experiment half of the time, but I guess this time I really messed up.”

All students claim that it was an accidental concoction and that there was no intention to make meth or distribute it. While the chemistry department has considered adding this on as a side business to generate more income for chemistry scholarships, they don’t want to be seen as a copycat, after marijuana was discovered in Dordt’s greenhouse last year. Alongside this, students aren’t sure that they would even be able to recreate their mistake, and simply hope that they don’t accidentally make something even more strange.

“I was just happy I made a solid,” said Jill Van der Vander. “Most of the time I just mix things and hope for the best. I’m not sure if this was the best I was going for, though.”

If you have recived a peculiar white powder lately, bring it to the lab immediately. It could be meth, it could be aspirin, no one really knows. Either way, it’s best not to try it, when the aspirin might kill you.

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