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News (Media Awareness Project) - CN AB: Toxic Ecstasy Toll Hits 12 Dead
Title:CN AB: Toxic Ecstasy Toll Hits 12 Dead
Published On:2012-01-31
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON)
Fetched On:2012-02-02 06:01:19

Calgary Student, 23, Confirmed As Drug Victim

Tests have linked another Calgary-area death to ecstasy made with a
toxic additive, the 12th such death in Western Canada since late last year.

The latest test results indicate the death of a 23-year-old student
at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology residence on Jan. 21
is the latest involving ecstasy made with paramethoxymethamphetamine.

Seven people in Calgary and at least five others in British Columbia
have died with the toxic chemical in their system. Officials believe
ecstasy pills are being laced with paramethoxymethamphetamine (PMMA),
a substance five times more toxic than ordinary ecstasy, or MDMA.
Many of the users are believed to have taken the drug not knowing
that it was laced with a potentially lethal chemical.

Meanwhile, officials are calling the risk associated with a tainted
supply of ecstasy "outrageous," after a weekend in which Calgary
paramedics and police were called to at least three suspected
overdoses, including the death of a man on Sunday.

Around 7 a.m., authorities were called to a home for reports of a man
in cardiac arrest. The man, 37, was dead when paramedics arrived,
said EMS spokesman Stuart Brideaux. Bystanders told paramedics that
the man had ingested ecstasy and possibly other drugs as well.

Two others - a man in his 30s and a woman in her 50s - were
transported to hospital due to concerns they may have taken the same drugs.
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