Mystery of the meth-laced casserole

A SLOW-COOKER laced with methamphetamine has been pinpointed as the likely culprit in a mysterious New Zealand poisoning.

A pair from Auckland had just tucked into a homemade bean stew when their faces began to sweat, their hearts began to race, and their pupils began to dilate.

They were admitted to hospital in October 2013 with symptoms of organophosphate poisoning, including cramps and diarrhoea, but none of the euphoria or weight-loss associated with methamphetamines.

ESR testing of leftovers came up negative for organophosphorus pesticides.

Subsequent tests, however, found