An article on LADBIBLE says there is one good thing about COVID-19 restrictions; it’s been keeping potentially deadly drugs out of Australia.
That’s the good news. The bad news is that when the restrictions ease there may be a flood of drugs onto the Australian market and some of the drugs could wreak havoc.
There are reports that drug manufacturers in the Netherlands have been creating MDMA (ecstasy) that is between two to five times stronger than normal. According to the article: “Drug testing being done in Amsterdam shows some of the product being concocted in labs are coming back as 97 per cent pure. That would obviously downgrade as it would be cut and refined by the time it came to Australia, but that is still very high.”
It’s not just the strength of the drugs that is cause for concern. Believe it or not, the fact that many people haven’t had access to MDMA is also worrying. That’s because it may have lead to a reduction in the tolerance for MDMA. If people then take the drug – particularly the stronger MDMA – they could be susceptible to overdose and potentially death.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if there was a spike in deaths in Australia,” UK drug charity Transform Drug Policy Foundation’s Steve Rolles warned in the article. “Because of the COVID lockdown and the closure of nightclubs there has been a stockpile of MDMA.
“People have carried on making the drugs in the Netherlands. There is potentially going to be a fall in price.”
See LADBIBLE for the full article.