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Viagra, ecstasy pills mixed as 'sextacy'

By John Doe, Feb 2, 2011 | |
  1. John Doe
    CALGARY - Police drug investigators say Viagra and Cialis are not commonly seen on the streets, but it's no surprise any pharmaceutical would attract criminals.

    RCMP Sgt. Donna Hanson, who works in drugs and organized crime, said there has been a trend in recent years seeing pharmaceutical drugs sold in combinations on the streets.

    While Viagra and Cialis are not commonly targeted in drug-store heists, she said it certainly makes sense from the perspective of a criminal looking to make money.

    "Definitely, there is a street market for it," she said.

    "People will experiment in ways which don't make any sense -- it doesn't surprise me people will try things."

    With what some call 'sextacy,' the drug Viagra is sometimes paired with ecstasy, a popular and often lethal party drug touted as an aphrodisiac.

    The ecstasy "heightens sensory nerves," while the Viagra offers "staying power," Hanson said.

    Police warn any time prescription drugs are not used under the direction of a doctor or used by an individual who wasn't prescribed them, there are potential risks.

    "There is a huge concern with the misuse of pharmaceutical drugs, period," Hanson said.

    "There is potential for huge danger."

    While OxyContin has long been a favourite among drug-store robbers, Calgary police drug unit Det. Doug Hudacin said this week's heist at a southeast pharmacy is the first time he's heard of so-called sex-drugs being taken.

    "I've never heard of Viagra or Cialis on the streets," he said.

    "It's not to say it doesn't happen -- you can pretty much buy anything."

    It's unclear whether the thieves demanded Viagra and Cialis after they could not get OxyContin or whether it was among their list of drugs wanted.

    Either way, robbery Det. Brad Moore agreed -- the heist of sex-enhancing drugs is unusual, to say the least.

    "That's the first time I have heard of that," he said.

    "But once you are committed, and you are in there, you've got to come out with something."

    By NADIA MOHARIB, QMI AGENCY
    Last Updated: February 2, 2011 6:35am
    http://www.torontosun.com/news/canada/2011/02/02/17122111.html

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