Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Bitter taste may deter substance abusers


The following is a summary of a report on ABC News in Australia:

The National Inhalant Abuse Task Force, made up of Federal and State Government representatives, has commissioned CSIRO to undertake research looking at the effects of making products with a bitter taste.

Task force chief Paul McDonald says scientists are experimenting with adding "bittering" chemicals to petrol, glue, paint and lighter fuel.

"Basically these are bittering agents - there's a product, Bittrex, a highly bitter agent which can repel nasal, the need to or the desire to sniff products," he said "With the bittering agent it will repel that and it only takes a small bit to make the product bitter."