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.”
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…
One the things I love about blogging is that I routinely get to write true headlines I could never even make up if I tried. This week, scientists at John Hopkins Medical Center conducted a study to test the similarities between the brains of humans and octopuses. While it was known to some degree that
Morocco is not holding back anything in terms of drug enforcement. The North African nation has seen a surge of dance music related events including Oasis Festival set up shop in their gorgeous country. With the events obviously comes a new surge of psychotropic drugs. Recently though Moroccan authorities set a record with a truly
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.”
Today in ecstasy news we have a one of a kind human interest story coming to you straight from America’s go to source for weird news, that weird appendage the continental US refers to as Florida. In the past we have brought you some lovely stories involving the wonder drug of MDMA including the pilot
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.