Brevard County Sheriff’s officers administered Narcan to K-9 dog Jake after the drug-sniffing dog displayed signs of an overdose, following the dog’s inspection of luggage during Holy Ship! 12.0’s pre-boarding bag checkpoint. “[Jake] started having some problems with balance and had some type of seizure incident of some sort, [and] was showing effects of having inhaled some substance,” sheriff’s office spokesperson, Tod Goodyear said. Officials promptly took Jake to the vet after giving Jake the anti-overdose medication.
Authorities suspect that Jake ingested a type of ecstasy and later traced the drugs that prompted Jake’s overdose to 33-year-old Holy Ship! 12.0 would-be attendee Leslie Bennett. Police arrested Bennett for felony possession of a controlled substance without prescription and possession of drug paraphernalia and equipment. Bennett is but one of a group of 16 arrested while trying to board Holy Ship! The Brevard County Sheriff’s office released arrest information immediately following the first installment of Holy Ship!’s two-part 2019 iteration. Jake, meanwhile, is now in a stable condition, and expected to make a full recovery.
2018 feels like the year for ecstasy cuisine. Early on in the year, sources from the UK alleged a new trend among the middle class was stuffing wheels of brie with MDMA powder to make gatherings more jovial. It seems that Australia took this idea to breakfast, however, as the latest mass drug bust on the island-continent was centered around the party drug being hidden in sausage machines.
Nearly half a ton, or $57 million AUD-worth of molly powder, was discovered in the meaty devices by the Australian Federal Police (AFB) while en route to a grocer in Syndey. After a crackdown with a fake, tracked package replacement, three were arrested as part of a “larger syndicate” dedicated toward distributing illicit substances around the region.
Perhaps a better strategy would have been to hide the MDMA in the eggs…
A wastewater analysis conducted by the European Monitoring Center for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) has identified Amsterdam’s wastewater as containing the most ecstasy residuals in all of Europe. The analysis tested the wastewater of 56 European cities in 19 countries in an effort to “explore the drug-taking habits” of those residing there. Conducted regularly since 2011, the study maintains that the results “provide a valuable snapshot of the drug flow through the cities involved, revealing marked geographical variations.”
In addition to ecstasy, the analysis also found high trace levels of cocaine in Amsterdam’s wastewater, leading Amsterdam to place seventh in the study for cocaine concentration. Belgium, the Netherlands, Spain, and the United Kingdom also yielded elevated cocaine concentrations, while Eastern European countries alternatively had the lowest. Eindhoven was secondary to Amsterdam in ecstasy residual levels, but had the highest amphetamine residues. The study attributes the increased concentrations in Amsterdam and Eindhoven to the production and consumption of both ecstasy and amphetamines in Europe.
The EMCDDA determined that no major trends in drug use have materialized since the study’s inception, signifying a relative consistency in substance use across the cities included in the analysis’ purview. “Overall, the data related to amphetamine and methamphetamine from the seven monitoring campaigns showed no major changes in the general patterns of use observed,” the report said.
The EMCDDA did, however, identify an “expected” increase in some areas. As the analysis notes, “Over the seven years of monitoring the highest MDMA loads were consistently found in the wastewater of cities in Belgium and the Netherlands. Looking at longer term trends, in most cities with at least six data points wastewater MDMA loads were higher in 2017 than in 2011, with sharp increases observed in some cities, including Antwerp and Amsterdam. For most of those cities that observed sharp increases for the period 2011–16, the trend seems to have stabilised in 2017.”
UK police are calling on the public to come forward with information regarding the sale of “Snapchat” ecstasy pills. Stamped with the app’s ghost logo, the bright yellow tablets have landed two 14-year-old girls from West Cumbria in the hospital after ingesting the drugs. The hospitalizations were isolated incidents.
Officials are now seeking out the suppliers of the Snapchat branded tablets as UK parents have reported the purchase of the £5 a piece pills by children as young as 12-years-old. Police are accepting information on the sale of the illicit substance anonymously via Crimestoppers, or at 0800-555-111.
Ecstasy users will want to hit the brakes in North Wales, as regional police issue a statement warning of the danger of pink pills stamped with the Rolls Royce logo. The circulating tablets have already resulted in the death of a 16-year-old boy on October 29. The victim reportedly took one of the stamped pills at a Halloween party in Gwytherin, Conwy, North Wales, later passing away at the Glan Clwyd Hospital. While officials are currently working with the boy’s family to discover the pills’ origin, the investigation remains at an early stage.
The Rolls Royce ecstasy tablets can be distinguished by a ‘200mg’ inscription on their rear side.
A study newly conducted by Drug and Alcohol Dependence indicates that ecstasy use is on the rise among millennials. More specifically, the research signifies that a large portion of ecstasy users are “college educated young adults” aged 26-34. The study additionally determined that ecstasy use is uncommon in ages specifically between 12-17. General ecstasy use, however, has remained consistent, despite the recent increase in millennial usage of the drug.
Responsible for the study’s conduction, Professor Joseph J. Palamar of New York University remarks “I’ve been research ecstasy use since my own party days. Ecstasy has been the most popular ‘club drug’ for decades, yet many national surveys show use has declined, despite the popularity of ‘molly.’ This is one of many recent papers in which I examine trends in ecstasy use to help inform prevention and harm reduction.”
Palamar takes into account the shifting demographics of ecstasy users, a central element of “prevention and harm reduction messages.” Being that the majority of ecstasy users are college educated individuals, Palmer notes that this demographic “…may not be receptive to typical scare tactics in anti-drug prevention messages.” While Palamar’s study very well may inspire a linguistic shift in the construction of such “anti-drug prevention messages,” only time will tell.
Australia was poised to take a step in an unprecedented direction with the establishment of the country’s first pill testing initiative at a festival. The effort was set for its first deployment Canberra’s Spilt Milk music festival, though it has now been cancelled.
The trial was previously approved by The Labor Australian Capital Territory (ACT) government in September after the ACT engaged in talks with the Safety Testing Advisory Service at Festivals and Events (STA-SAFE) consortium. The consortium had agreed to take on the responsibility for running and supervising the testing service.
And yet, despite the ACT and STA-SAFE’s prior negotiations, organizers of the Spilt Milk festival released a statement that noted that they had not received the documentation from STA-SAFE that would permit the trials to be run on federal land. In order for the trials to proceed, Spilt Milk producers would need an operational plan, a risk assessment, and insurance and legal framework information. With the proper documentation in their possession, festival orchestrators would then be able to submit the paperwork to the National Capital Authority (NCA), the body that would then need to issue a permit to allow the trials to run. Without this documentation, a permit could not be obtained, and the trials would halt before even getting a chance to get started.
STA-SAFE member, Dr. David Caldicott told ABC Radio that STA-SAFE had not fielded a request for such documentation, commenting that the group has “…provided every piece of documentation that has been requested.” Caldicott gestured towards political pressure, identifying such pressure as the likely culprit in the trials’ failure to advance. The ACT Liberal Party’s health spokeswoman, Vicki Dunne, was quoted in August stating “The Spilt Milk festival is at Commonwealth Park, which is on Commonwealth (federal) land. Pill testing will need Commonwealth Government approval and I doubt that they will give it.”
The ACT Liberal Party has since taken credit for thwarting the pill testing plans.
What’s more dangerous than a MasterCard with a high credit line? Extra strength MasterCard ecstasy tablets.
The potent pink pills have been circulating the UK, prompting police to issue a warning against use of the drug.
“I would urge anyone to refrain from taking these tablets — you don’t know what you’re taking and the risk you are putting on your health could be devastating,” Detective Inspector Roger Ashcroft of Preston CID remarked.
UK officials are currently attempting to locate the source of the MasterCard branded pills. A 20-year-old man and a 19-year-old woman have been arrested on suspicion that they have been supplying a controlled drug, but it is not clear as to whether police believe the suspects have been distributing these ecstasy pills in particular.
While three people became sick upon taking the ecstasy pills, the people that took the drug did not suffer from any serious ensuing health complications. Police notably issued a warning about pink MasterCard ecstasy pills last year once a teenager died after taking one of the tablets at a Manchester club.
Earlier this summer, ecstasy pills in the shape of Donald Trump’s head began popping up on the dark web. The shockingly accurate orange pills also feature Trump’s name, five stars across the back, and his infamous head of hair. This weekend, police in Osnabrück, Germany seized 5000 of these pills from a van driven by a 51 year old man and his 17 year old son. With a street value of tens of thousands of euros, this was a major bust for the small city.
Police in Northumbria — who specifically police the areas of Northumberland, Tyne and Wear in northeast England — have issued a warning on blue Tesla pills being sold as ecstasy that they believe to be tainted.
The pills called into question are believed to contain a combination of meth and cocaine. As a result, police are asking anyone who comes into contact with the pills to alert the authorities immediately. Just three months ago, these same pills were called into question on Reddit as a user posted about Teslas bought in Manchester being larger than normal. Several users replied the pills were uncharacteristic in details and another user responded they contained meth.