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Friday September 20th, 2013

Posted at 7:52pm

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Police in Chatham-Kent are sending out a warning after they say that they have recently investigated incidents where young people have purchased what they believe is MDMA (ecstasy), only to realize the drug they bought is in fact Methamphetamine (speed).

Police want to warn anyone who is involved with the purchase/use of drugs such as MDMA (ecstasy) and Methamphetamine (speed) that both drugs are synthetically produced and the buyer/user will never know what ingredients are in the drug. Past investigations where police have seized and analysed MDMA, resulted in Meth being an ingredient, MDMA, caffeine and other carcinogens.

Police say that synthetically produced drugs such as MDMA and Methamphetamine come in various forms (pills, capsules, crystalized powder) and may look similar in appearance. These drugs are extremely dangerous and may contain a variety of ingredients. There is no way of knowing what combination could prove to be potentially fatal.

Chatham-Kent Police are reminding everyone about the dangers of drugs:

MDMA (Ecstasy)

  • Teens will hear that this drug will enhance their senses and that they’ll love everyone
  • This drug is dangerous because it can cause severe dehydration, liver and heart failure and even death
  • Signs of abuse include: teeth clenching, chills, sweating, dehydration, anxiety, unusual displays of affection
  • MDMA can be addictive and is a popular drug of choice among young people because of its stimulant properties

Methamphetamine (Speed)

  • Teens will hear that this drug will keep you going for days
  • This drug is dangerous because long-term use or high dosages can cause psychotic behaviour
  • Signs of abuse include: nervous physical activity, scabs, open sores, decreased appetite and inability to sleep
  • Meth has a high potential for abuse and addiction, putting our youth at risk and increasing their chances of being involved in criminal activity

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