Thursday, May 17, 2018

Ecstasy and cocaine getting stronger

Ecstasy pills are becoming stronger and cocaine sold on the streets is more pure, according to a new report. Tests were carried out on 12,000 drug samples in 2017. The researchers found the amount of MDMA – the active ingredient – in ecstasy pills had gone up from an average 120 milligrams in 2013 to 167 milligrams last year.
While it's difficult to say why ecstasy pills have become stronger, the cheapness of the drug is likely the reason. It costs peanuts, so producers are less likely to worry about how much they use. When it comes to cocaine, in 2014, just 59% of the powder was made up of the actual drug, but this rose to an average of 68% last year.