From: Margaret Rakas <mrakas**At_Symbol_Here**SMITH.EDU>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Sodium Azide Incident on Listserve
Date: Wed, 31 Oct 2018 10:33:39 -0400
Reply-To: ACS Division of Chemical Health and Safety <DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**PRINCETON.EDU>
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Well, Sammye, perhaps something of this kerfluffle may have gotten back to Amazon because NOW this product may only be sold in the US!!! As a Prime member, I can have it shipped to my home address FOR FREE!!

As noted in the customer Q&A sections, someone did mention this was an acute toxin. And that it could explode if you poured it down the drain...

Methinks someone at Amazon is asleep at the switch, here, because my understanding is the scientific supply houses will not ship to a home address...

Hexanes are available (cause peripheral neuropathy along w/being highly flammable) through a 3rd party.

Sodium cyanide is apparently available with an Amazon business account.

My guess is all of the chemicals are drop-shipped from the suppliers so proper shipping onus (and provision of SDS's) is on the 3rd party, not Amazon--bet these are not inside Amazon warehouses. But that's just a guess....

Be an interesting issue to raise with either the Washington Post (Jeff Bezos owns it and Amazon) or for CHAS to raise with Amazon directly.

Opinions are my personal ones, may not be those of my employer, and this is not business or legal advice...

On Wed, Oct 31, 2018 at 9:51 AM, Samuella Sigmann <sigmannsb**At_Symbol_Here**> wrote:
I found this article of particular interest because in September I received a bubble mailer with 2 hundred gram bottles of sodium azide in my mailbox sent by USPS to me from someone in the general public asking that I, "use or dispose of safely". Fortunately for me, and the postal workers, the bottles were not damaged in mailing.

I am currently working with the USPI and the Homeland Security Coordinator for the state to track down the sender. This interesting part of this story is that the chemicals were purchased on AMAZON
( from a company called HiMedia - the same as the bottle shown in the listserve article. These are bottles clearly marked, "For sale in India only"

The chemical mailed to me was in what appears to be the original AMAZON mailer and so it appears they are shipping this chemical with no protection or placards. I am dumbfounded that Amazon can sell this chemical and ship without warning.



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