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Fake Ecstasy in Florida

Fake Ecstasy in Florida

Posted By Posted By Parks & Braxton, PA || 3-Aug-2012

The United States has strict drug laws—laws that are often much more stringent than those in Europe and around the world. Whether or not these laws actually help the drug situation is a topic of fierce debate. Many Americans are arguing to reduce or relax the regulations on the grounds that they actually hurt the country economically and do nothing to reduce drug use. Lawmakers do not seem particularly receptive to the arguments at the moment, though. In fact, a recent string of drug-related deaths among young people in Florida and Illinois is further strengthening their resolve to keep these laws tight, and perhaps tighten them up more.

Ecstasy is one of the most popular drugs among young people right now. This substance, known as the "club drug," is commonly used at rave clubs for its mind-altering affects. Because of its rising popularity, there is also a rising demand for producers. In order to turn a major profit, drug traffickers are now making counterfeit pills that look identical to Ecstasy pills but are cheaper and faster to make. This fake Ecstasy is called PMA (paramethoxyamphetamine) and PMMA (paramethoxymethamphetamine). Ecstasy is made of MDMA (methylenedioxymethamphetamine).

In recent months, at least six young people have died in Florida and three from Chicago from this fake Ecstasy pill. There have been other similar reports from across the country, as well, and these deaths are likely to continue. Though Ecstasy is believed by many to be harmless, this other drug is very dangerous. Reports say that PMA is killing people by raising their body temperature as high as 108 degrees. A 19 year old woman from Lake County, Florida had a body temperature of 104 degrees a full five hours after she died. Normally, once a person takes this drug, they overheat, become confused, hallucinate and then collapse.

Researchers and health officials have also released reports that Ecstasy is not as safe as most people believe. Users experience various psychoactive effects from the drug but these researchers are now saying that the drug can have far-reaching and long-lasting effects—both physical and psychological in nature. They have been shown to cause depression and long-term brain damage that could affect memory and the thought process. Officials are therefore sending out a warning to all Ecstasy users, cautioning them both about the dangers of Ecstasy and the possibility of being dealt the fake drug PMA.

If you have been charged with a drug crime of any kind, it is imperative that you enlist legal aid as soon as possible. As Palm Beach's premier drug defense firm, work with Parks & Braxton, PA. Our attorneys are former prosecutors, meaning we know how the prosecution will approach the case. With more than 48 years of combined experience, we know how best to go about eliminating and reducing drug charges. Click here to find out more.

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