I’ve been hearing alot about this recently on forums and in the news. I suppose that’s because of a recent press release by Drug Czar John Walters. In the press release, Mr. Walters coined the phrase “Extreme Ecstasy” when he stated:
This ‘extreme ecstasy’ is a disturbing development in what has been one of the most significant international achievements against the illicit drug trade.
He goes on to say:
The dangerous poly-drug combination of methamphetamine and ecstasy can have severe health consequences, especially as both drugs have toxic effects on the brain. They both can interfere with the body’s ability to regulate temperature, leading to sharp increases in body temperature (hyperthermia), which can result in liver, kidney and cardiovascular system failure and death. The potential for a life-threatening or fatal overdose is also increased when meth-laced ecstasy is combined with alcohol. Recent laboratory research suggests that ecstasy and meth combinations may produce greater adverse neurochemical and behavioral effects than either drug alone.
Yes, of course some of the ecstasy on the streets does contain meth. The answer is really quite simple: Money. Meth is chemically similar to MDMA (ecstasy) and because of the simple fact that meth is much cheaper to produce than MDMA (ecstacy) and also has the added “benefit” of being a stimulant, it is a no-brainer for the manufacturer to add meth to the mix. Meth is certainly not the only cheap “filler” added to ecstasy and many times meth is left out completely depending on the manufacturer.
The drug Czar would have us believe this is a recent epidemic; however meth being added to some batches of ecstasy has been happening quite possibly since ecstasy’s inception. Either way, if you were planning to take a hit of “E” then you are already gambling. You could really be ingesting all sorts of chemicals; last I checked the ecstasy industry wasn’t exactly regulated.