New version of ecstacy possibly on way to NWT
Monday, January 30, 2012 - 5:40 PM
Yellowknife, N.W.T. - Ecstasy is already known as a lethal drug, but the Yellowknife RCMP is warning people about an even worse version.
A combination of two derivatives of Ecstasy is now on the market and has already been blamed for the deaths of 18 people in British Columbia, six in Alberta, and possibly more once investigations are finished.
Sergeant Wes Heron, the media relations officer for the RCMP in the NWT, said there is the threat of the drug coming North because of the close proximity to Alberta.
"We just want to get the education out to the public now that this stuff is quite literally in our backyard, and if it's in our backyard it, again, may well find its way North."
Heron said this type of drug is worse because people don't feel the effects right away.
"They may think to themselves, well, you know, this is no good, so what they're gonna do is they're going to possibly take another one. So meanwhile the effects of the first dose start to kick in, and it's further compounded by the second dose, so really it's like you're taking a double dose."
Ecstasy is a known drug in the NWT and Heron said people should see a doctor if they think they have ingested the new form.
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