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NCJ Number: 119800 Find in a Library
Title: Study of the Concentration of the Herbicide (2,4-dichlorophenoxy)-acetic Acid in Coca Leaves and Paste Obtained From Plants Treated With This Herbicide
Journal: Bulletin on Narcotics  Volume:36  Issue:2  Dated:special issue (April-June 1984)  Pages:65-77
Author(s): M A Elsohly; E S Arafat; A B Jones; P G Vincent; B F Engelke; J L Hilton; W A Gentner
Date Published: 1984
Page Count: 13
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: Austria
Annotation: This article describes the effects of treating coca leaves with the herbicide (2,4-dichlorophenoxy) - acetic acid (2,4-D).
Abstract: The most cost effective way to eradicate illicit coca plants is to spray them with 2,4-D. Because natives who harvest coca leaves chew them and because the leaves are made into a paste that is widely abused, a study was undertaken to determine if the 2,4-D remained in the coca leaves treated with the herbicide and was found in coca paste made from the leaves. The coca plants used in the test were grown in a greenhouse and the testing was conducted in Beltsville, Maryland. Coca paste made from the leaves of plants that were basally treated with the herbicide did not contain 2,4-D. Trace amounts of 2,4-D were found in paste made from coca leaves that had been sprayed by a foliage application method. (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Drug eradication programs
Index Term(s): Cocaine; Drug sources
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