Dutch authorities distributing MDMA-scented perfume

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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.”

The newest breakfast craze is MDMA-flavored sausage

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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…

 

H/T: Mixmag

‘Ketamine saved my life’: Users claim depression relief from the controversial drug

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Ketamine is sweeping dance floors as the world’s fastest rising party drug, recently surpassing MDMA due to the drug’s explosion of popularity in the 2010s. Beyond its recreational use, however, the drug ketamine has undergone promising clinical trials in Australia and America to treat depression using IV drips with micro-doses of Ketamine.

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.”

Via: Vice

New study attributes increase in MDMA use to hip hop’s lyrical glorification of “Molly”

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Future’s 2017 single, “Mask Off” had hip hop fans ardently chanting the song’s substance centered chorus, “Percocets, Molly, Percocets” shortly after its May release. The track eventually worked its way into the festival sets of electronic artists like Marshmello, with its integration in the electronic sphere contributing to its further popularization.

“Mask Off” is but one of many hip hop songs to mention MDMA, and as a recent study has newly determined, hip-hop’s lyrical glorification of the party drug has led to an increase in the number of new users that try the stimulant for the first time.

Published in the Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse, the study surveyed African American young adults who have used molly in the past. The study went on to determine that 82% of the study participants credited hip-hop music as a key influence in their decision to take molly.

Study participants noted that the proliferation of hip-hop lyrics that portray MDMA as a chic, fun drug contributed to their comfort in trying it. “I’m just trying to party like a rock star, not get strung out,” one of the study participants noted, “Whenever they [rappers] mentioned it [molly], they are either partying, drinking [alcohol], smoking [weed], or having sex. All the things I love to do the most. I never heard about anyone getting addicted or dying. That made me feel better about trying it.”

And yet despite MDMA’s convivial representation in hip hop lyrics, Khary Rigg, a PhD and professor of mental health law and policy at the University of South Florida reminds listeners that while Molly is “not as dangerous as opioids,” the substance continues to be “linked to psychiatric problems, sexual risk taking and adverse health outcomes like seizures, irregular heartbeat, hyperthermia and even death.”

The study’s focus on the molly use of African American participants offers researchers insight on how hip hop music can influence patterns of MDMA use among the African American population — studies concerning MDMA use have previously focused on white, European, and electronic music listeners involved in dance culture.

“The behaviors of millennial African Americans are probably the most likely to be influenced by hip-hop music as the artists themselves are typically from that demographic,” adds Dr. Rigg. “This suggests that rappers may be effective sources for prevention, health promotion, and harm reduction messages aimed at African Americans.”

Whether top grossing rappers fond of name dropping “Molly” in their songs will refrain from the drug’s mention will remain to be seen, and is perhaps doubtful, the study nonetheless spotlights the power of lyrical suggestion.

H/T: Medical Press