Ecstasy often laced: police
18:17 AEST Tue Jul 19 2005
Victoria Police have found that pills sold as ecstasy usually contain other chemicals as their main ingredient.
Police tests indicate drug makers are increasingly lacing tablets with a variety of other dangerous substances, including horse tranquilizers, morphine, speed, nerve-numbing agents and a drug vets used to treat incontinence in cats and dogs.
Only 18 of 89 batches of CK-branded tablets seized and tested by police had MDMA - methylenedioxymethamphetamine, the pure form of ecstasy - as their main ingredient, while four tablets did not contain MDMA at all, the Herald Sun reported.
Victoria's top drug investigator, Detective Superintendent Tony Biggin, said taking ecstasy was a huge risk.
"The broader issue with ecstasy is, of course, ... what are you taking?" he said.