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Posted: 9/13/2004 7:32:33 PM EST
[Last Edit: 9/13/2004 7:35:44 PM EST by raven]
Who came up with this bright idea?

Inmates Milk, Inject Spider Venom To Get High
Thursday, September 9, 2004

SYDNEY, Australia -- Inmates in an Australian prison have been caught breeding deadly redback spiders that they milked for venom to inject themselves for a high, according to government records.

Four spiders -- with venom that can kill children and the elderly with a single painful bite -- were found in Grafton maximum security prison in New South Wales state on Feb. 15, documents released Tuesday by state opposition lawmakers said.

Prison authorities suspect inmates found the spiders, which are common in Australia, in the prison nursery. They bred the spiders in jars, milked them of venom which they diluted with water before injecting, opposition Liberal Party justice spokesman Andrew Humpherson said.

"It just shows how comfortable they are -- actually accessing and in this case breeding their own source of venom; their own source of drugs," Humpherson told reporters, in an attack on the Labor-led state government's law and order policies.

The Liberals accessed the state prison records under freedom of information laws.

The records also showed that a 16-inch marijuana plant was found growing in another prison in February.

www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/g/archive/2004/09/09/spiderhigh.DTL

Link Posted: 9/13/2004 7:36:19 PM EST
That's certainly not reform.
Link Posted: 9/13/2004 7:38:16 PM EST
hell, give em cottonmouths, cobras & gila monsters

GO DARWIN!!

Link Posted: 9/13/2004 7:40:55 PM EST
A liberal politician complaining about prison being too comfortable?
Link Posted: 9/13/2004 7:41:51 PM EST
have heard of homeless folk injecteing beer or liqour directly into bloodstream to get drunker cheaper...not sure about it though...just heard it
Link Posted: 9/13/2004 7:44:08 PM EST
Well people will do just about anything to get high if they really want to. Huffing Paint, gas, diesel, carb cleaner, eating hotshot on sugar cubes, or trying just about anything they hear of.

If someone wants to get messed up they will find a way.
Link Posted: 9/13/2004 7:44:44 PM EST
Just OD them and blame it on the spiders.
Link Posted: 9/13/2004 7:51:28 PM EST

Originally Posted By the_ak_kid:
have heard of homeless folk injecteing beer or liqour directly into bloodstream to get drunker cheaper...not sure about it though...just heard it



the guys in Motley Crue would do that. Pretty sick.
Link Posted: 9/13/2004 9:01:55 PM EST
who givies a Fuk,,let them die......
Link Posted: 9/13/2004 9:03:22 PM EST
and I thought toad licking was freaky
Link Posted: 9/13/2004 9:03:50 PM EST

Originally Posted By Taxman:

... diesel



[homer]... ummmm diesel [/homer]
Link Posted: 9/13/2004 9:13:31 PM EST
Australian liberals are different to American liberals. Vastly different. The current government is Liberal and as you can see, we are part of the "War on Terror" and support the US.

The jail with the marijuana plant is Longbay prison, another max security prison.

And redbacks can kill healthy adults too...
Link Posted: 9/13/2004 9:20:01 PM EST
Ban all spiders !!! It's for the children !


What the hell will they think of next, sheesh...
Link Posted: 9/13/2004 9:22:37 PM EST
A mans gotta do what a man's gotta do
Link Posted: 9/13/2004 9:24:08 PM EST
"youve been milking my cat you sick son of a b*tch!".....or spider in this case
Link Posted: 9/13/2004 9:24:33 PM EST
See what the Aussies have had to resort to since their gun bans went into effect?

Its a damned shame.
Link Posted: 9/13/2004 9:27:00 PM EST

Originally Posted By the_ak_kid:
have heard of homeless folk injecteing beer or liqour directly into bloodstream to get drunker cheaper...not sure about it though...just heard it



One of those Jackass videos, I think Steve-O, did this. He had an EMT start an alcohol IV. Talk about dangerous and stupid. I swear those guys do cocaine. Watch the vids and you'll see why.
Link Posted: 9/13/2004 9:52:27 PM EST
Would have been funny to see them try it with funnel webs...
Link Posted: 9/13/2004 10:23:37 PM EST

Originally Posted By FiftyCalibre:
Would have been funny to see them try it with funnel webs...



Is mainlining diluted spider venom common among unincarcerated Australians, or do they just huff petrol like the losers here who can't get their hands on real drugs?
Link Posted: 9/13/2004 10:28:03 PM EST

Originally Posted By twonami:
and I thought toad licking was freaky



You read my mind. BTW, love the avatar!
Link Posted: 9/13/2004 11:01:48 PM EST
Just so you guys would know what they look like...



They remind me a lot of our Black Widows.
Link Posted: 9/13/2004 11:03:53 PM EST
I havent seen Black Widows latley, I had some recluses living at the house last year.
Link Posted: 9/13/2004 11:05:16 PM EST
Uh, how does one "milk" a spider?


Link Posted: 9/14/2004 12:04:57 AM EST

Originally Posted By raven:

Originally Posted By FiftyCalibre:
Would have been funny to see them try it with funnel webs...



Is mainlining diluted spider venom common among unincarcerated Australians, or do they just huff petrol like the losers here who can't get their hands on real drugs?



First time I heard of it. Yeah people just huff petrol. Damn losers.



Uh, how does one "milk" a spider?


You provoke it so it gets aggressive on you, some drops of venom should appear on its fangs, which you can collect. Well thats how you milk funnel webs anyway....
Link Posted: 9/14/2004 12:08:36 AM EST
[Last Edit: 9/14/2004 12:09:59 AM EST by twonami]

Uh, how does one "milk" a spider?




a tiny bucket, stool and very small hands
Link Posted: 9/14/2004 12:46:38 AM EST

Originally Posted By AZ-K9:
Uh, how does one "milk" a spider?




I don't know how they do it in prisons, but in labs they shock the venom glands and then the venom is collected from the fangs.
Link Posted: 9/14/2004 1:02:26 AM EST
Link Posted: 9/14/2004 1:25:40 AM EST
Link Posted: 9/14/2004 1:34:57 AM EST
Speaking of spiders...

I went outside and put on my sandals and there was a wolf spider or something. Harmless so i left it alone.

Had to move some bricks cos we are getting a renovation and while moving them, I realised I was walking through funnel web and other spider territory...and that moving the bricks could disturb one and bite me on the hand...

So I shrugged it off and kept working but I got lazy and stopped.

Note to self: Do not work in sandals with dry leaves and shit everywhere
Link Posted: 9/14/2004 3:13:03 AM EST
Link Posted: 9/14/2004 4:03:04 AM EST
I saw a documentary about Australia’s venomous creatures the other night. They have 1/3 of the world's venomous snake varieties there. The funnel web spider, red back, some other spider that can stay for prolonged periods under water (they had a dramatization of a little girl getting bit by one in her pool). The great barrier reef has just about every kind of venomous creature you can imagine. Even the freakin' platypus has venom!
Link Posted: 9/14/2004 4:08:09 AM EST

Originally Posted By rocket:
I saw a documentary about Australia’s venomous creatures the other night. They have 1/3 of the world's venomous snake varieties there. The funnel web spider, red back, some other spider that can stay for prolonged periods under water (they had a dramatization of a little girl getting bit by one in her pool). The great barrier reef has just about every kind of venomous creature you can imagine. Even the freakin' platypus has venom!



Crocs dont have venom, thats why we wrestle them.

You need venom to survive as an animal here. The terrain is too harsh to do without. Makes for fun times for us humans when we get bit.

My friend and I were talking about snakes today. In the local Reserve, theres heaps of snakes and we both knew people who were walking home and there was a friggin red belly black snake or a brown snake in their path. My friend had a red belly black snake in her backyard once so they had to call some govt department to get it out. I dont go in the Reserve much so I dont see the snakes.
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