Their teachers could tell something was off. The girls, six of them, all eighth graders at Texas City's Blocker Middle School, were acting "zombie-like" and "delirious" at school on Monday, according to Houston's ABC affiliate. School officials called an ambulance, but not before finding small pieces of paper wrapped in tinfoil.
The Galveston County Sheriff's Office says the paper was laced with liquid methamphetamine. They're unfamiliar with the drug, they told the Houston Chronicle, but the evidence suggests that the girls ingested the meth by placing the papers on their tongue and letting them dissolve.
This method of delivery isn't quite new. Smugglers routinely transport meth by dissolving it in liquid and storing it in innocuous-looking bottles or in the windshield-reservoirs of cars. It doesn't take a huge deductive leap for someone to put a piece of paper in there and stick it on their tongue.
And so, back in 2005, you had an Iowa TV station reported that authorities in Ames had intercepted a package containing "what appeared to be a liquid methamphetamine that was applied to paper."
There hasn't exactly been an epidemic since then, at least not one that's been reported in the media, but whenever you have young teenagers bringing the stuff to school, you know it's around, and you know it's cheap.
Expect to hear a lot more about liquid meth from here on out. Especially since cheese is so last year. (Cheese, if you're not familiar, is a mixture of heroin and Tylenol P.M. So, you know, "mostly heroin":)