Ever walked into work on Monday morning smelling like a heavy weekend bender? Of course not, right? Though now, in the Netherlands, smelling like the afterparty is acceptable—in fact, it’s all in the name of law enforcement. Dutch authorities are producing and distributing a new perfume that’s scented like MDMA in the hopes of using the public’s help in identifying mass production sites.
The new perfume, aptly called “Xtacy” is scented like aniseed to mimic the odor of MDMA. The Netherlands is wildely regarded as the center of the ecstasy world, where the highest-quality MDMA in the world is known to be produced. Law enforcement officials recently began distributing the perfume in the Noord-Brabant province, reportedly an area with one of the highest concentrations of drug laboratories in the country.
Authorities are concerned with the potential public health risks and toxic waste that come with functioning drug manufacturing labs. Amsterdam prosecutor Lars Stempher was quoted as saying, “Drug production labs are often located in built-up areas, and because they leave traces that the public can recognise, we have introduced this scent to help people identify if a drugs factory is operating in their neighbourhood.”
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…
An anesthetic drug, Ketamine is now increasingly being used as a revolutionary — and sometimes life-saving — medication for those struggling with treatment-resistant depression, who are chronically suicidal or experience frequent psychotic episodes. After turning to every treatment on the market, including over 40 sessions of electroshock therapy, one member of New Zealand’s trials, Jemima Lomax-Sawyers, associates Ketamine with saving her life:
“I am so much more stable than I was a year ago. Stable to the point that I am able to make decisions about my wellness that I would not have been able to make in the past…Things feel lighter inside my head. I have more energy, I can concentrate better.”
That is why Sawyers and others like her are extremely concerned that New Zealand’s only Ketamine Clinic would no longer be accepting new patients, and that current patients may be taken off its lists once new treatment plans are agreed upon with the country’s Ministry of Health.
“For many of us, ketamine was our last chance, our only chance for living a life out of hospital, or even for living full stop,” says Sawyers. “[K]etamine gave me some hope back: the glimmer that I might actually be able to live life without the constant worry of relapse, hospitalisation, then having to pick myself up and put all the pieces back together again and again and again.”