Beware of What You’re Getting!
by Ned Wicker
When people buy drugs from a street dealer they’re focused on anything but their best interest. They want to get high, they want to have fun, they want relief from pain, or they just want something life is not offering in the moment. They don’t ask pertinent questions like “What’s in this?” or “Can this kill me?” They don’t ask, they don’t think, they just get their drugs.
The party drug “Ecstasy” is a case in point and a recent CNN article focused on one vitally important fact—what people think they’re buying isn’t what is being sold to them. People mistakenly think that Ecstacsy” is entirely comprised of MDMA (3-4 methylenedioxymethamphetamine), which was originally developed in 1912 as a kind of diet drug, used for appetite suppression.
It was also used to treat depression. For the last 30 plus years, it’s been primarily a street drug, or a party drug, taken at raves and in nightclubs. It is taken with other street drugs, but it isn’t used with alcohol, which reportedly fights or diminishs its effects.
Not what you're getting!
The idea of getting pure MDMA is a fantacy. What is being sold on the streets and to unthinking, unsuspecting young adults is a toxic mixture of chemicals, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. What you’re buying isn’t what you think it is. In fact, according to CNN, only 13% of the Molly seized by the DEA in New York in the last year contained any MDMA at all.
The lab concoctions mimic MDMA, which stimulates the central nervous system and gives the user a euphoric feeling. The mimic Molly can cause extreme reactions, like constricted blood vessels, rapid heartbeat, rise in blood pressure and can hamper the body’s ability to regulate temperature. In worst cases, it can cause seizures, depression, panic attacks and psychosis. The street mixtures have caused overdoses and deaths.
Molly is particularly dangerous!
The mix of unknown, toxic chemicals makes Molly a very dangerous drug. The ever-changing recipes for what is being passed off as Molly or pure Ecstasy, makes the purchase and use of this drug very much like a game of Russian Roulette, mainly because the drug pushers that are mixing this drug up in their labs have no regard for safety, human life or any other possible medical calamity that their product causes. The wrapping may look the same and the drug may look the same, but the user has no clue what he/she is taking.
Here’s some more scary news about Molly. The synthetic drugs come mostly from China, where so many of the fake prescription drugs come from. The packaging is identical, but the pills are worthless. It’s big business in China. The Chinese chemists sell their synthetic drugs online, and when it comes to the United States or around the world, it is mixed into batches of “Molly.” It’s difficult to keep track of this because the DEA says they’ve seen some 200 different chemical compounds.
The DEA discovers the new compound, bans it, and the chemists just come up with another one. It is difficult to fathom why an otherwise intelligent young person would buy an unknown substance created by a person with no moral fiber at all.
New synthetics a huge problem in US.
Here in the United States, synthetic drugs are a huge headache. Authorities have seized some $100 million in raids. And authorities in other countries are doing the same, but the problem is ever-growing. The Synthetic Drug Abuse Prevention ACT of 2012 tries to stop the problem by banning substances, but the chemists are always one step ahead of the feds on this, so as soon as one chemical is banned, another takes its place. It is, after all, a multi-billion dollar enterprise.
U.S. authorities are talking to the Chinese government about the problem, but understand that the chemicals being sent to the United States are legal in China. The chemists are breaking no laws there.
The use of Ecstasy or Molly, like the rampant spread of methamphetamine, is growing to epidemic proportions. It is a serious matter because people’s lives are being destroyed for no more reason than the desire to get high.
People don’t think; they just act. It’s a problem with deep rooted spiritual and moral issues. Perhaps the Chinese will help by not allowing their synthetic compounds to be exported, but don’t count on it.