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Australian warning on recent MDMA batch

  1. BlueMystic
    http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200506/s1399901.htm





    June 24/2005

    Drug experts warn of powerful ecstasy batch

    Police and drug experts in Adelaide are warning recreational drug users of the dangers of a potent new batch of ecstasy tablets.

    Last year a batch of ecstasy tablets known as red mitsubishis were blamed for the deaths of two people in South Australia.

    Today, Adelaide police issued a warning about a new and more powerful variation of the drug.

    Acting Assistant Commissioner Grant Stevens says analysis on the new tablets show they contain 30 per cent more of ecstasy's key ingredient, MDMA, than the red mitsubishis.

    "There is a risk associated with taking ecstasy tablets and at this point in time we consider the risk to be more real regarding the quality of tablets which are out there," he said.

    Police have seized a quantity of ecstasy tablets in recent weeks but will not say whether the new variation is being manufactured locally or interstate.

Comments

  1. BlueMystic
    I don't think that this is anything to worry about. Just some decent pills. As opposed to a weaker or moderately dosed pill. Glad that this is not another bad batch of PMA pills.
  2. Muirner
    i wonder if they will be red mitsubishis or something else.


    Muirner
  3. BlueMystic
    Seems to be the red mitsu's. Here's another article I came across that would backmy statement up.


    http://www.smh.com.au/news/National/Police-warn-of-killer-re d-party-pills/2004/12/20/1103391701906.html?oneclick=true


    Police warn of killer red party pills
    By Ruth Pollard, Health Reporter
    December 21, 2004

    An unusually strong batch of ecstasy is on the streets, causing fatal and non-fatal overdoses around the country, drug experts and police have warned.

    The active ingredient in ecstasy, MDMA, had traditionally been included in very low quantities in pills sold in Australia, said Paul Dillon, spokesman for the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre.

    But recent data obtained by police in NSW, Victoria and South Australia showed that ecstasy pills containing MDMA were significantly stronger than what Australian users were used to, Mr Dillon said. The commander of the NSW Drug Squad, Detective Superintendent David Laidlaw, said: "With the taking of any type of drug it can be fatal - you just don't know."

    While there was usually an increase in drug use around the country over the holidays, Superintendent Laidlaw said most fatal and non-fatal overdoses had been in South Australia.

    A 19-year-old man died in Adelaide this month after he overdosed on the drug, and in October a 38-year-old South Australian man also died after an ecstasy overdose. Both had taken a red ecstasy pill branded with the Mitsubishi label originally thought to have contained the highly toxic para-methoxyamphetamine, or PMA.

    "The pills ... actually had a very high content of MDMA," said David Caldicott, an emergency research fellow in toxicology at Royal Adelaide Hospital. "Ecstasy has been very poor in this country in terms of purity - it has traditionally contained between 50 and 130 milligrams [of MDMA] with the majority down at the lower end of the scale."

    Toxicology tests found the "red Mitsubishi" tablets, as well as other kinds of ecstasy, contained 110 milligrams of MDMA. "If in the past you were used to taking two to three pills to get a high, and you take [that many] containing 110 milligrams, you are going to take a toxic dose," he said.

    Mr Dillon agreed, saying the big problems associated with ecstasy were related to dehydration and overheating, both directly linked to MDMA. "With these high-strength pills it would appear that some people are getting into real difficulty with the drug [and] once again we come down to the simple fact that MDMA ... is not a safe drug," he said. "With the current batch of pills, overdose is a very real risk."

    Urging drug users to be cautious over the party season, Adam Winstock, the clinical director for drug health services at South Western Sydney Area Health Service, described the dangers of ecstasy use as "a lottery".

    "You will always have that uncertainty, but there are also other, underlying physical problems that people might have [that add to the danger], such as heart problems or idiosyncratic, non-predictable effects on their liver or brain," Dr Winstock said.

    "It would not matter what [drugs] they had taken."
  4. unico_walker
    So finally some decent pills with 110mg per pill have shown up(which
    isn't very high anyway). Whats the complaint? get the word out that
    these are finally some good Es after years of weak shit.
  5. fuzzymofo
    Its about time, thanks for the "warning" Im moving to Australia
  6. nanobrain
    145 mg / tab these are the green mitsis making the rounds for some time now in oz. there are also at least 2 fake batches in circulation.Edited by: nanobrain
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