In 2011, there were 10,176 emergency room visits by Americans under the age of 21 related to taking ecstasy.
The number of ER admissions for ecstasy was 128 percent higher than the 4,460 visits recorded in 2005, according to data from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Survey.
Counting all illegal drugs, there were 1.2 million ER visits linked to illegal drugs in 2011.
Source: Michelle Castillo, “Ecstasy-related emergency department visits up 128 percent for people under 21,” CBS News, December 3, 2013.
According to the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), most Molly that is used or sold does not contain ecstasy, as is commonly believed.
In New York State, out of all Molly capsules and powder seized in the state over 4 years, only 13 percent contained MDMA.
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Source: Drew Griffin, Nelli Black, and Patricia DiCarlo, “9 things everyone should know about the drug Molly,” CNN, November 23, 2013.
There are an estimated 300,000 people in Costa Rica between the ages of 13 to 35 who consume synthetic drugs such as ecstasy. 2 percent of students stated that they have tried ecstasy at least once in their life.
According to officials, a single ecstasy pill costs between $11 to $19 on the black market, while the UN reports that the price is $25 per tablet. In comparison, a single hit of crack cocaine costs $1 in Costa Rica.
In the first 10 months of 2013, security services seized 11,300 doses of ecstasy in the country. 11,109 pills were seized in one campaign where the pills were being trafficked from Germany and the Netherlands.
In all of 2012, there was a total of 293 doses seized.
Source: Mario Garita, “Cost Rica: Ecstasy use on the rise among children,” Infosurhoy, November 15, 2013.
Colombian police reported that 786 criminal gangs were broken up within the country in 2012. In addition to the actions against the organized crime groups, police and security forces captured 242 drug traffickers and extradited 192 traffickers to foreign nations.
40 drug trafficking networks were also dismantled by police.
Police also reported on actions targeting microtrafficking, or street level drug dealing. Through their operations, law enforcement seized 99,184 kilograms of cocaine, 132,182 tablets of synthetic drugs such as ecstasy, and 292,220 kilograms of marijuana.
2,038 people who involved in kidnapping and ransom incidents were also arrested in 2012.
Source: James Bargent, “Colombia Police Dismantle 100s of Gangs in 2012,” Insight Crime, June 21, 2013.
In 2003, the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction discovered 0 new synthetic drugs that had psychoactive substances.
In 2008, the monitoring group was discovered 13 new types of synthetic drugs.
In 2012, officials discovered 57 new synthetic drugs, more than one new type of drug each week.
Source: Jared Savage, “Drug designers stay one step ahead,” New Zealand Herald, June 10, 2013.
From January to September 2012, security agencies in the Republic of Kosovo seized 1,091 kilograms of marijuana, 51.5 kilograms of heroin, 7.2 kilograms of cocaine, and 153 ecstasy tablets. The amount of illegal drugs seized in 2012 was higher than the amount of drugs seized in 2011.
Officials estimate that most drug users in the country are men between the ages of 18 to 35 who smoke marijuana.
Source: Menekse Tokyay, “Turkey and Balkans battle drug trafficking,” SETimes.com, April 22, 2013.
Around one-third of drug users in Indonesia, or 1.2 million people, are addicted to crystal meth. One-fifth of drug users, or 950,000 people, are addicted to ecstasy.
Around 60 percent of the crystal meth and ecstasy consumed in Indonesia is locally produced, and around 60 percent of its users are under the age of 30.
Many of the meth and ecstasy production factories are located in West Jakarta, with the operators of the factories having ethic Chinese ties.
Security officials in the country seized 1,161 kilograms of crystal meth in 2011, an increase of 79 percent from the 649 kilograms seized in 2010.
62 percent of all drug arrests in 2011 involved crystal meth, compared to 53 percent in 2010 and 38 percent in 2009.
77 percent of all women who were arrested for drug crimes in 2011 involved crystal meth.
Source: Straits Times, “Indonesia’s Drug Spread ‘Alarming’,” Jakarta Globe, February 22, 2013.
Source: ”Crystalline methamphetamine now Indonesia’s “primary illicit drugs threat”, UNODC says,” United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, February 20, 2013.
At the end of 2011, the Chinese Government stated that there were 1.79 million people who were officially registered as drug addicts in China. Back in 1990, there were 70,000 registered addicts, which means that the number of drug addicts in China increased annually by 16 percent.
Around 32 percent of HIV contractions in the country was due to intravenous drug use.
64.5 percent of the drug addicts were addicted to heroin, and 32.7 percent were addicted to synthetic drugs such as methamphetamine and ecstasy.
The number of total drug addicts in China that are not officially registered with the government could be as high as 15 Million.
Source: Charles Zhu, “China’s Growing Appetite for New Kinds of Luxury Goods: Illegal Drugs,” Atlantic, January 4, 2013.
According to the Food and Drug Administration, heroin was the most abused drug in Taiwan in 2012. Between January and October, 66.8 percent of substance abuse cases handled by authorities involved heroin. It was the sixth straight year that heroin was the most abused drug in Taiwan.
After heroin, amphetamine accounted for 33.1 percent of sustance abuse cases in Taiwan, follwed by the abuse of the vetinariy medicine ketamine, which accounted for 5 percent of cases.
Insomian drug Zolpidem was the fourth abused drug in Taiwan with 4.3 percent of cases involving the prescription drug. Ecstasy rounded out the top five with 3.4 percent of cases.
Source: ”FDA announces top five drugs abused in Taiwan this year,” Taipei Times, December 16, 2012.