19 Feb, 2024 @ 12:49
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What is ‘tusi’? The ‘high class’ drug known as ‘pink cocaine’ believed to be behind the death of a teenager in Spain this week

A 14-YEAR old boy died in Spain last week after drinking a can of Red Bull spiked with over two grams of a lethal drug.

‘Tusi’, also known as ‘pink cocaine’, is a synthetic psychostimulant sold illegally in many countries around the world, including Spain where it is associated with the upper classes, elite parties, and luxury prostitution.

The narcotic is comprised of a mix of cheaper drugs, such as ketamine, ecstasy, and caffeine, which form the basis of the eye-catching pink powder.

Research conducted between 2019 and 2022 by Energy Control, an organisation that monitors the safety of drugs, showed that 44% of tested samples contained this tripartite of substances.

The use of tusi, also known as pink cocaine, has yet to become problematic in Spain. Credit: Policia Nacional

Pink dye was found in almost all of the samples and cocaine in just two.

A single gram of ‘tusi’ has a street value of €100.

The effects of recreational use remain poorly understood, although it is reported to have similarly powerful effects to ecstasy, for example elevating mood and initiating hallucinations.


Ben Pawlowski

Ben joined the Olive Press in January 2024 after a four-month stint teaching English in Paraguay. He loves the adrenaline rush of a breaking news story and the tireless work required to uncover an eye-opening exclusive. He is currently based in Barcelona from where he covers the city, the wider Catalunya region, and the north of Spain. Send tips to [email protected]

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