UK : SW : Students bluelighted from nighttime venue due to strong pills.
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5(!) MDMA OD casualties in SW England, at venues popular with student ages (16-21). Most likely causes, strong pills/confusion over safe dosages/varying levels of MDMA per pill.
Stay safe, start with 1/4 of todays pills! They are 2 to 4 times as strong as what folk of my generation (1990s) were able to get, and even then those who were greedy (or just unfortunate) still paid the price!
3/4. 5 known #MDMA ODs at 2 student events in mid-Cornwall in last week.Respect to Door Security for care given prior to medic’s arrivals.
— Steve Clare #SCADA (@SteveClare01) March 17, 2017
That’s a lot of people for two events, pills must have been really strong.
Apparently the NL chemists are competing with one another to produce the strongest pills.
I also read this Dutch article (link below) yesterday about a young woman age 22 who fatally overdosed; her mother claims that authorities such as coroners, health service in NL (or at least some regions of it) are not reporting the OD incidents and casualties as directly caused by MDMA use but instead reporting the deaths using strict medical terms, to reduce the shame and judgement on the parents and other family members.
I know for a fact this happened amongst middle class communities in the UK during the early 1990s; it is not against domestic or EU law to report incidents in this way and can well believe that in the more religious middle class areas of NL the same could well be happening (the drugs testing facilities of NL although better than many other nations are not available in every region).
That said, comparatively few MDMA users in Europe are killed outright by the drug itself, even with todays high doses. OD’s are unpleasant but with correct and effective treatment usually survivable.
What I am starting to read about again (in both English and Dutch) similar to the 1990s are reports of acute (sudden) mental health issues from rough comedowns, in some cases resulting in self harm/suicide.
The mother in NL mentions this although doesn’t cite specific cases (Dutch privacy law may forbid that being reported anyway) but I also found a report from London which I will link in a different topic.
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