Pure MDMA Touted as Safe by Canadian Health Officials
MDMA stands for 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine and is more commonly known as the drug Ecstasy. Popular among young adults who go to clubs, it’s been the subject of study and research for years in its efficacy in treating mental health disorders like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). However, it is still not classified for medical use in the United States. In Canada, however, some believe it should be.
British Columbia Officials Say MDMA Is Safe
Some top officials in British Columbia, while remaining neutral on the issue of legalization, are stating that they believe that MDMA in its pure form is perfectly safe. It is already agreed upon by the medical community that MDMA is not addictive; however, when the drug is diluted and sold on the street as Ecstasy, it contains chemicals that can be harmful and even deadly. It is estimated that as many as 20 people a year die due to poisoning after taking Ecstasy in British Columbia – in fact, 16 people have died from Saskatchewan to BC since last July. But when the drug is taken in its pure form, many believe there is no risk of harm when consumed responsibly by adults.
To Be on the Safe Side…
Provincial Health Officer Dr. Perry Kendall told CBC News: “Unless you are getting it from a psychiatrist in a legitimate clinical trial, at the present time you can’t guarantee what’s in it, how much of it there is, or its safety, so I would say as we have said in the past — don’t take it.”
The fact is that no one is selling pure MDMA on the street and that means danger to anyone who buys the drug illegally – and that’s pretty much everyone. Medical grade MDMA is only available to medical professionals on a very limited basis for use in legitimate research and psychological trials.
Ecstasy Abuse Can Be Deadly
The street version of Ecstasy is definitely not a safe drug. It can cause high blood pressure, increased heart rate, convulsions, nausea and vomiting – even when it is taken in small amounts. When combined with other drugs, the effects can be even worse and overdose is not uncommon. If Ecstasy abuse is an issue for someone in your life, you can help them get the treatment they need to stop. Contact us at Michael’s House today to learn how our treatment programs can help.