The BBC Say Ecstasy And MDMA Are Getting Stronger

Every single time you see him, your friend’s dodgy older brother has made a point of telling you that pills went to shit five years ago. But that might not be entirely true, at least according to reports from the BBC and the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA). According to them, pills might actually be getting stronger, and not just in Europe either.

In a  newly released report, the EMCDDA note a “recent resurgence in use of MDMA in Europe and increased availability of high-strength MDMA tablets and powders,” which goes against the grain of a very common belief that most drugs nowadays are pretty shit.

Talking with the BBC’s Newsbeat outlet, Harry Shapiro, editor of Drugwise, shed a lot of light on the topic. In particular, he spoke about a new super-strength, half-scored pill that’s currently in circulation. “It seems a bit perverse to make an extra strong batch of ecstasy tablets that you can break in half deliberately,” he explained.

“The average dose is around 75 to 100 milligrams per pill, but there has been ecstasy on the streets that has been double that and more. The powder and crystals can be stronger than the tablets too. That’s also combined with a new generation of users not exposed to the harm messages of the eighties and early nineties.”

Most of the pills in circulation are made in the Netherlands, and reports from Australia suggest there’s a decent portion of the same pills making their way down under too.

Shapiro also linked the potential rise in use with the global popularity of dance music, though we’ll not broach on the topic. You can read the BBC piece in full here.
Photo via BBC.


If you have a story that you'd like to share, please submit it here.