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2008-09-14 18:00:23

A DRUG that put three Irish people in hospital is still for sale in shops. Clubbers take BZP - benzylpiperazine - to get a rush similar to ecstasy. BZP is already illegal in New Zealand, America, the UK, and Australia, and the EU voted to ban it in March. Despite this the drug - originally developed as a worming medicine to kill parasites in animals - is still legally on sale across Ireland. The pills, with names such as XXX, Frenzy and Silver Bullets, can cause vomiting,...

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2008-09-10 08:30:00

Demand for synthetic drugs such as amphetamines and Ecstasy is growing in Asia and spreading to Middle East markets, the U.N. reported Tuesday. Drug trafficking and manufacturing is also growing more refined. The U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime noted in a 2008 assessment that in addition to the increasing sophistication, local and international crime groups are growing in size. While amphetamine use is largely used for recreational purposes in the United States, in faster developing countries...

2007-10-04 06:00:35

By Scott Waldman, Albany Times Union, N.Y. Oct. 4--BETHLEHEM -- A noisy scooter ride led police to a suspected drug operation on a quiet suburban street. Officers seized heroin, cocaine, marijuana, Ecstasy and pills along with $4,700 in cash, digital scales and a weapons cache on Sept. 27 after one of the residents at 7 Snowden Ave. irritated his neighbors by zipping around the avenue on the motor scooter, according to records filed on the case in Town Court. Matthew T. Schillinger,...

2007-08-21 18:10:00

By SETH BORENSTEIN WASHINGTON - Researchers have figured out how to give an entire community a drug test using just a teaspoon of wastewater from a city's sewer plant. The test wouldn't be used to finger any single person as a drug user. But it would help federal law enforcement and other agencies track the spread of dangerous drugs, like methamphetamines, across the country. Oregon State University scientists tested 10 unnamed American cities for remnants of drugs, both legal and illegal,...

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2007-03-23 08:15:00

LONDON -- New "landmark" research finds that alcohol and tobacco are more dangerous than some illegal drugs like marijuana or Ecstasy and should be classified as such in legal systems, according to a new British study. In research published Friday in The Lancet magazine, Professor David Nutt of Britain's Bristol University and colleagues proposed a new framework for the classification of harmful substances, based on the actual risks posed to society. Their ranking listed alcohol and tobacco...

2006-05-19 18:11:03

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. Air National Guard pilot and a crew member pleaded guilty on Friday to using military flights to smuggle millions of dollars worth of the drug Ecstasy into the United States, federal authorities said. Capt. Franklin Rodriguez and Master Sgt. John Fong pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Manhattan to smuggling more than 200,000 Ecstasy pills in April 2005 on a flight from Germany to a National Guard Base in Newburgh, New York, the U.S. Attorney's...

2006-03-22 12:33:53

By Anne Harding NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Taking the drug Ecstasy can impair memory and learning, but giving up the drug can stop the slide in mental capacity, a new study shows. However, researchers also found evidence that in heavy Ecstasy users, the effects on memory may persist even after they quit. "The message should be loud and clear that if you're using a lot, you're not going to recover learning and memory," Dr. Konstantine K. Zakzanis of the University of Toronto at...

2006-03-01 08:12:38

By Francois Murphy VIENNA (Reuters) - The synthetic drug methamphetamine has become a greater concern in the United States and other countries than heroin or cocaine, the U.N. narcotics watchdog said on Wednesday. Sold on the street in various forms known as 'meth', 'speed' and 'ice', the drug has spread from Southeast Asia to parts of the world where it was virtually unknown until recently, the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) said. The spread to Africa and eastern...

2006-02-23 19:10:00

By Chris Johnson LONDON (Reuters) - Ecstasy, the illegal recreational drug blamed by doctors for depression and anxiety, may often only enhance these symptoms rather than cause them, according to a study published on Friday. Dutch researchers found that children who suffered from depression were more likely to go on to use the drug when they grew up to make them feel better. The appearance later in life of emotional problems in these people might not therefore be primarily due to their use of...

2006-02-21 15:30:00

By Charnicia Huggins NEW YORK -- The loud music typical of nightclubs and raves appears to prolong the toxic effects of MDMA, also known as ecstasy, on the brain, according to a study conducted in rats. In the absence of loud music, however, the reduced brain activity caused by ecstasy use appears to be short-lived. "We can therefore state that the effects of this drug could be potentiated by relatively common environmental factors and stress," study author Michelangelo Iannone, of the...