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‘Fake MDMA,’ a growing problem at concerts

Posted on 06-14-2018 Posted in Addiction - 0 Comments

‘Fake MDMA,’ a growing problem at concerts

Cautioning about what could become a massacre of a big level, narcotics experts had warned the enthusiasts attending the Parklife Music Festival in Manchester, United Kingdom, on June 9-10, 2018, of the sale of fake 3,4-methylenedioxy-methamphetamine (MDMA) at the event. According to drug safety charity The Loop, the fake drugs resembled MDMA in terms of appearance and smell, but was three times stronger than the real form of the drug, which makes it a dangerous substance to be consumed.

Further, the fake drug, N-Ethyl-Pentylone, was observed to cause a semi-euphoric effect on the user, thereby encouraging him/her to consume more amount in order to experience same high as with real MDMA. However, this often leads to an overdose of the fake drug that eventually causes death. Besides, it also keeps the user awake for three nights and causes “anxious stimulation” along with triggering mental health conditions like paranoia and psychosis, added The Loop

The faux drug was first identified in the United States is 2016 and later reached Australia in 20017 where it was linked to deaths and mass casualties. In fact, the drug was also associated with two deaths and 12 hospitalizations at Mutiny festival in Portsmouth in May. Taking cues from the previous mishaps, the Parklife Festival organizers had warned the attendees to take special care after super-strong ecstasy tablets were found in confiscation boxes.

“It has been clearly responsible for the deaths of people overseas, and a rather unfortunate phenomenon known as ‘mass casualty overdoses’, where 10-20 people drop simultaneously,” said Dr. David Caldicott, an expert in emergency medicine.

Side effects of MDMA addiction

Commonly known as ecstasy or molly, MDMA is a recreational drug often abused for its sedative and euphoric effects. The drug is mostly sold in the form of pills, but they can also be combined with other substances like caffeine, ephedrine, ketamine, and Tylenol.

A user can feel the intoxicating effect of the drug within 45 minutes of consumption. The effects can vary from enhanced sense of well-being, increased extroversion, emotional warmth, empathy toward others to the urge to walk down the memory lane. People can also feel a heightened sensory perception as a hallmark of the MDMA experience, as per the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).

The aforementioned effects often occur after the consumption of a single dose of the drug. Misuse, overuse or abuse of the drug can cause long-term effects, such as high blood pressure (hypertension), faintness, panic attacks, and loss of consciousness and seizures.

Experts have further identified symptoms, such as involuntary jaw clenching, lack of appetite, isolation, disorganized thoughts, restless legs, nausea, hot flashes or chills, headaches, sweating, and muscle or joint stiffness as other common adverse effects of MDMA use.

Treating MDMA addiction

The consumption of MDMA triggers the brain to produce an overload of serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine which further causes feelings of happiness and pleasure, and reduces depression and anxiety. However, overuse or abuse of the drug can lead to addiction.

MDMA addiction is similar to any other drug addiction and hence, can be cured with proper medical intervention. In general, MDMA Addiction Treatment includes medication, therapies or a combination of both, depending on the severity. Recovery from its addiction can be attained from any certified MDMA addiction treatment center. If you are looking for one, get in touch with Sovereign Health of Florida. Call at our 24/7 helpline number or chat online with our counselor to know more about the treatment for MDMA addiction offered at our center.

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