Thursday September 20, 2012
Party drugs becoming increasingly dangerous
PETALING JAYA: Getting high on party drugs is becoming increasingly dangerous as the components in the cocktail of stimulants have become more deadly compared with the party pills available a decade ago.
A check with the Chemistry Department showed that since 2000, Ecstasy pills which traditionally used to contain up to 30%-40% of its active ingredient 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) are now being added with other kinds of drugs such as ketamine (a type of anaesthetic usually used in animals) and methamphetamine or syabu (a stimulant).
MDMA and methamphetamine are synthetic drugs that act on the nerves in the brain causing those who take them to experience euphoria temporarily.
Chronic use, however, can cause confusion and depression and high doses of either one can also lead to fatal heart and liver failures.
Besides deadly drugs listed in the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952, the makers of party drugs also add caffeine as an adulterant or cutting (diluting) agent.
*Full story in The Star today