View Full Version : Clubbers warned over 'higher strength' ecstasy pills

19th July 2011, 09:02 AM
In recent years almost all of the pills sold by dealers as ecstasy have really been made from amphetamines, caffeine and other stimulants.

But most of the tablets seized at festivals this year contained MDMA, the stronger chemical first used to make the drug in the late 1980s.

Drug charities say they are seeing a similar trend in other parts of the UK.

"This can cause real problems for people who are used to taking half a dozen tablets on a night out," said Harry Shapiro at DrugScope.

"The main danger when you take ecstasy is ending up in A&E with heatstroke and that danger increases with the amount of MDMA in the pill."

Ecstasy users who drink too much water on a night out are also vulnerable to a condition called hyponatremia or water intoxication.

As a result, the level of salt in the body is diluted to a dangerous level which can, in rare cases, prove fatal.