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News (Media Awareness Project) - CN BC: Increase In Drug Deaths Concern
Title:CN BC: Increase In Drug Deaths Concern
Published On:2012-01-30
Source:Alberni Valley Times (CN BC)
Fetched On:2012-02-02 06:00:28

Parents need to be vigilant when it comes to their teenagers and the
availability of a potentially deadly street drug that has claimed the
lives of five people in the last six months.

"Ecstasy is manufactured by criminals," said Port Alberni RCMP Cpl.
Jen Allan. "And let's face it, they are not using organic substances.
We have seen samples come back from the lab that contain corrosive
and toxic components such as comet cleaner and rat poison. Our kids
continue to buy it, which is shocking really."

The B.C. Coroners Service confirms that paramethoxy-metamphetamine
has been linked to the five recent ecstasy-related deaths in B.C.
Three of the dead were from the Lower Mainland, while the other two
were from Vancouver Island.

While ecstasy use hasn't spiked in Port Alberni, according to Allan,
the recent deaths have local RCMP concerned with any amount of use.

According to B.C.'s chief coroner Lisa Lapointe, while the presence
of PMMA was detected, methylenedioxymethamphetamine, or ecstasy, and
other substances were also present.

Three of the deceased were men between 14 and 37, while the two
female victims were between 17 and 22.

"PMMA is a rare drug, and one which has not been routinely tested for
in B.C. coroners' investigations," Lapointe said. "Following
information from Alberta where PMMA was detected in relation to
several deaths and two 2012 deaths, PMMA was found in five cases."

Lapointe concurred with Allan when it came to the purity of a drug
that is concocted for profit in a clandestine environment.

"Every ingestion of ecstasy is a risk," Lapointe said.

Ingredients in ecstasy are a mix of harmful additives such as
cornstarch, soaps and detergents, or other drugs like caffeine,
ephedrine, LSD, PCP, ketamine or methamphetamine.

"Parents need to do everything they can to keep the lines of
communication open with their kids so they can initiate discussions
about the extreme risks they face when they take a drug like
ecstasy," Allan said.

From 2006 to 2011 there have been 85 deaths in B.C. that ecstasy was
relevant in the cause of death.

"Read your children the tragic stories about those who have gambled
and lost," Allan said.
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