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Chicago man arrested for possession of ecstasy candies

Published On: 09-13-2017 in Category: drug abuse, drug overdose, drugs

Officers of the Peachtree City Police Department (PCPD), Georgia recently arrested a 27-year-old man on charges of possessing candies containing ecstasy. The accused, Devon Hudson of Chicago, was also charged with a city ordinance violation and misdemeanor marijuana possession, media reports said.

According to police, Hudson was found asleep in his car parked in front of Victoria’s Secret store in Peachtree City on Aug. 3, 2017. On searching the vehicle, officers discovered a considerable amount of blue candies, which tested positive for the presence of ecstasy (MDMA). According to PCPD spokeswoman Odilia Bergh, weight of the ecstasy candies was 23.6 grams. Following his arrest, Hudson was moved to the Fayette County Jail.

Ecstasy is a deadly substance

Ecstasy or Molly are popular street names for the mind-and-perception-altering synthetic drug MDMA (3, 4-methylenedioxy-methamphetamine), which can produce effects like hallucinogens or stimulants causing an outburst of euphoria, energy and emotions. In fact, owing to its hallucinatory properties, ecstasy has been the drug of choice in rave parties across the United States. People addicted to MDMA swear by the ability of the drug to induce ecstatic euphoria in users, especially in a party environment. Rappers, rock stars, pop singers and other celebrities have admitted to using the drug.

Studies show that in early 2000s ecstasy made it to the marketplace as an ingredient in colorful tablets with fancy logos embossed on them. However, ecstasy pills don’t seem to be in vogue now, rather gel capsules loaded with white MDMA powder are in demand. What is being sold as ecstasy in American markets could actually be adulterated when compared to what is being sold in Europe. The Guardian says “anywhere between 30 percent and 60 percent of what is being sold as molly or ecstasy in America is not ecstasy.”

There has been a trend of lacing pills with synthetic MDMA replacements, such as ethylone, methylone and butylone, which are popularly known as bath salts. In 2015, an independent laboratory pill testing program of Erowid Center carried out a study to prove that 528 samples of ecstasy pills contained 111 different substances, including stimulants such as methamphetamine, ketamine, PMA or PMMA (polymethyl methacrylate).

The short-term health hazards caused by ecstasy are dehydration, confusion, blurred vision, panic attacks and hypothermia. While in the long run, addiction to ecstasy could trigger a host of anxiety and depression-related disorders, paranoia and sleep-related problems. Moreover, a lethal cocktail of ecstasy and other substances, alcohol in particular, is known to aggravate the harmful effects of the drug. Besides, overdoses involving ecstasy are particularly dangerous for people suffering from pre-existing lung or cardiovascular disorders.

Battling menace of addiction

If you or your loved one is battling addiction to ecstasy or any other substance, seek treatment immediately. The Chicago Drug Treatment and Rehab Center can help you find one of the best addiction treatment programs and embrace sobriety. You may call at our 24/7 helpline number 312-300-6661 for more information on different treatment options in your vicinity.

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