In Which This American Life Misses an EXTREMELY Important Point

The other day, while listening to the very nice TAL episode "Original Recipe", in which the show reveals the original recipe for Coca-Cola, Ira Glass notes that because Coca-Cola is made from coca leaves, a controlled substance in the U.S., all the leaves Coke uses are first shipped from South America to New Jersey, where the Stephan company removes the cocaine and ships the rest off to Coke.

So what happens to all that cocaine? TAL doesn’t say. According to a 1988 NYTimes article, though, the coke is shipped off to another company, Mallinckrodt Inc. in St. Louis, which is the only legal source of medical cocaine in the U.S. 

There has got to be a Scarface update here….


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    I TOLD YOU GUYS. Why does nobody ever believe me about this? 500 page books about cocaine don’t lie.
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    I bet the amount of cocaine removed (and think about how much Coke the U.S. consumes) is far greater than any amount...
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