Fri. Jan 27th, 2023

I heard of a case recently where a drug dealer’s system to avoid detection of his activities by police was to tell his customers to ask for “cheeseburgers” if they wanted ecstasy, an order for one cheeseburger being code for one ounce (about 28.4 grams) of the drug. The code for cocaine was “drinks”, and “one fries” meant one ounce of methylamphetamine. The dealer joked that buying all three would be a “meal deal.”

Ecstasy is especially popular with young adults in Australia. Despite slowly declining use, ecstasy, also known as ‘MDMA’ short for 3,4-methylenedioxy-methamphetamine, remains one of the most widely used illicit drugs in Australia second only to Cannabis BUY GHB ONLINE. In 2013, around 2.5% of Australians used ecstasy, compared with 0.1% who used heroin and 2.1% who used methylamphetamine. As studies that rely on self-reporting tend to under-report usage levels, the true figures may be greater. After a brief drop in Australian border detections of ecstasy between 2009 and 2011, since 2012 there has been a resurgence of seized imports, including seizures of more than 100kg overall in 2013/14 the most significant of which involved consignments from the Netherlands, Canada, and Hong Kong. The imported ecstasy was found hidden in products like furniture, protein powder, baby powder, bath salts and shampoo. Ecstasy was first outlawed in parts of Australia in the late 1980s, and eventually became illegal in all states and territories.

The continuing popularity of ecstasy perhaps relates to its tablet form, making it easy to store and measure, and perhaps also because it is perceived as low risk. Unfortunately, that perception is wrong. One of the biggest problems with ecstasy is lack of purity, with the ecstasy content of some samples being as low as 9%. In practical terms, this means that an ecstasy tablet is likely to contain very little ecstasy, and a lot of other substances that can be seriously harmful or even deadly. These substances may include caffeine at toxic levels, ketamine, pseudoephedrine, paramethyoxyamphetamine which is also potentially lethal, GHB powder and the cough suppressant dextromethorphan. Sometimes a tablet sold as ecstasy contains no ecstasy at all, just methylamphetamine and additives. Little surprise then that consuming these tablets has a wide range of adverse physical and neurological impacts. However, even the consumption of pure ecstasy has been associated with increased incidence of suicide, death from hyperthermia or hyponatraemia, liver damage, kidney failure, seizures, coma, and long term visual deficits. In simple terms, while ecstasy is probably less risky than heroin or methylamphetamine, using ecstasy may nonetheless have long term impacts, and can sometimes kill.

The other big risk for individuals involved with ecstasy is being charged with possession or supply of the drug, which can lead to imprisonment. The maximum penalty for possession of ecstasy in NSW is imprisonment for up to 2 years, while potential jail-time for indictable non-commercial offending is up to 15 years, indictable commercial offending up to 20 years, with the possibility of much longer sentences in some circumstances such as where children are engaged in the drug enterprise (Drug Misuse and Trafficking Act 1985, NSW)

They are almost always associated with a decadent, party lifestyle, whether taken at night clubs or at private raves – hence the name “club drugs.” Used often to turn introverted, unsure people into less inhibited creatures, these stimulants are designed to enhance an already raucous atmosphere and encourage participants to become more daring and free. Unfortunately, people who become addicted to club drugs may find they are not always so, that they become dependent on the fleeting high. Or worse, they succumb to illness or even death.

Stimulants are known to be used commonly at night clubs and raves in order to keep the body’s level energy high for dancing and socializing into the late hours. It is not unusual to find people using energy drinks and powdered stimulants, but when the body becomes used to such products it may seek something stronger to keep the momentum going. Some people may consider club drugs for that wanted boost. Some of the more common club drugs used include:

Also known as MDMA or by its street name, the apropos Ecstasy. When taken, this drug causes the secretion of mass amounts of serotonin and dopamine into the brain, which heightens feelings of empathy, euphoria, and energy. When combined with alcohol, or when taken without hydrating the body, ecstasy can prove to be very dangerous.

Also known as GHB or Liquid Ecstasy, though it is not the same drug as MDMA. This club drug is a clear liquid that, when taken, can decease a person’s inhibitions and heighten sexual prowess. As such, GHB is known to have been used as a “date rape” drug, slipped into a person’s drink to render that person more willing. Unfortunately, Liquid Ecstasy may also prove damaging or deadly, as it can also halt the gag reflex and cause a person to lose muscle control.

Club drugs especially can prove hazardous when the body is not well hydrated and rested. While it is assumed these drugs are used only when socializing at clubs, they still have the same addictive properties of other drugs, and can cause a person to become addicted. With the added stimulation of night club music and sounds, and the addition of alcohol, the potential for harm can be multiplied. If you enjoy going out at night and are in need of that added boost to keep you on the dance floor, be warned of what harm club drugs can do

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