Party drugs aren't what you think: study
MONTREAL – A new analysis of designer drugs sold in Quebec shows conclusively that in most cases the consumer is not getting what the dealer says is there.
The Health Canada study, in co-operation with the Sûreté du Québec, analyzed 365 tablets seized across the province between June 2007 and July 2008.
It showed that only 54 per cent of the drugs sold as speed actually contained methamphetamine (speed), while 23 per cent of drugs sold as ecstasy contained MDMA.
The main characteristic of these tablets is their variability, making it difficult to predict the effects on the drug abuser, specialists warned.
However, serious psychiatric complications can result from the combinations used, they cautioned.
Two tablets contained methamphetamine, MDMA and ketamine – a fast-acting anaesthetic and painkiller used in veterinary surgery.
“This combination can produce psychotic effects, short or long-term, and that’s what makes these cocktails extremely dangerous for some users,” warned Benoit Archambault, a Health Canada drug analysis manager.
BY IRWIN BLOCK, THE GAZETTENOVEMBER 16, 2009 1:51 PM
caption from attached photo:
Winnipeg Police show off 65 kilos of the drugs used to make ecstacy tablets in this August 19th file picture. The federal government is promising a new police initiative to target gangs that traffic in so-called synthetic drugs, and stop the importation of chemicals used to make them.
EDIT Can anyone find the referenced study?