Sunday, March 20, 2005

When Is Ecstasy Ecstasy?

Police are warning Ecstasy users in Australia to be careful ... your local drug provider may not be on the up and up. What a shock! Someone who makes their living off of subjecting people to dependence, addiction, overdose and death may not have their customers' best interests at heart.

Here's the story from the Melbourne Daily Sun:
Manager of the Victoria Police drug and alcohol strategy unit Inspector Steve James, said nobody knew what was in these pills.

"The stuff that's in these tablets is horrific and it changes from tablet to tablet," Insp James said. "No one can tell you what it's going to do to this person in five, 10 years time."

"It's like playing russian roulette."

National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre information manager Paul Dillon said ecstasy was simply a street term for several substances that could be contained in a pill.

Metropolitan Ambulance Service paramedic Alan Eade said methamphetamine was the most common contaminant of ecstasy-type tablets.

Increasingly, authorities have also been concerned by the use of GHB.

On Monday, paramedics treated three people who overdosed at the Two Tribes dance party at Melbourne Park.

All three are believed to have taken GHB. Last year, 10 GHB users were admitted to hospital after the annual Two Tribes party.

"The problem is it could kill you," Insp James said.

Yes, it can, and it does.

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