Law enforcement agencies in India seized 85,409 ampules of synthetic drugs in 2012 on the border between India and Bangladesh. In 2011, police seized 75.857 ampules from drug traffickers.
The synthetic drugs, or Amphetamine Type Stimulants, are considered to be “party” drugs such as ecstasy and speed and mainly used by younger adults.
Source: “Smuggling of synthetic and ‘party’ drugs pose new challenge for India and Bangladesh,” Economic Times, October 4, 2012.
In 2010-2011, National Advisory Committee on Drugs reported that 0.5 percent of the adult population in Ireland used ecstasy. In 2006-2007, the use of ecstasy by adults was 1.2 percent of the population.
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Source: Genevieve Carbery, “Use of ecstasy continues to fall,” Irish Times, June 20, 2012.
According to police, around 20 people die each year in the Canadian province of British Columbia from ecstasy that was laced with dangerous chemicals.
Ecstasy is sold for $3 to $10 per pill in the province, and 15 percent of all BC students have tried it by the time they turn 18.
Source: Joel Connelly, “Ecstasy “safe” but not on streets, B.C. health officer,” Seattle PI, Strange Bedfellows Blog, June 14, 2012.
90 percent of the ecstasy seized in Indonesia was manufactured and produced within the country, according to police. In 2010, police shut down 15 labs in the country.
The number of ecstasy seizures in the country increased by 38 percent between 2009 and 2010.
Source: Elly Burhaini Faizal, “Ecstasy production is ‘soaring’ in Indonesia,” Jakarta Post, February 29, 2012.
According to the United Nations, synthetic drugs such as amphetamine, methamphetamine and ecstasy are the second most used illicit drug in the world after marijuana.
Source: Jason Beaubien, “Mexican Cartels Push Meth Beyond U.S. Market,” NPR, February 16, 2012.
In January 2012, police in Toronto, Canada were reporting that the price of an ecstasy tablet sold in nightclubs in Toronto was selling for $15. In 2010, the price for an ecstasy tablet in Toronto was reported to be $40.
The cost to make a single tablet is about 50 cents.
Source: Tom Godfrey, “Exclusive: Canada’s illicit drug export boom,” Toronto Star, January 28, 2012.
Roughly 15 percent of all students in the Canadian province of British Columbia has tried ecstasy by the time they turn 18.
The drug is sold within Canada at prices between $3 to $10 per capsule.
Source: Mike Hager, “Despite recent ecstasy-related deaths, Vancouver dealer says business is booming,” Vancouver Sun, January 20, 2012.
Of the 15 million ecstasy tablets seized in 2010 in the United States, 4 million tablets were seized on the norther border with Canada, double the 2 million tablets that were seized in 2006.
Between 2006 and 2010, between 10 to 24 people died each year due to overdosing on ecstasy.
The ecstasy tablets cost between $3 to $10 per pill. According to the United States Drug Enforcement Administration, the illegal trade is mostly done in Canada by Vietnamese drug trafficking gangs.
Source: Kelley Sinoski, “B.C. a hotbed for ecstasy production,” Vancouver Sun, January 4, 2012.
In 2011, police in Brazil seized around 194,000 ecstasy pills in the country. 92,000 pills were seized in the state of Minas Gerais.
In 2001, authorities in the country seized 1,909 pills.
100 percent of the pills are trafficked into Brazil from foreign countries.
Source: Tom Phillips, “Brazil ecstasy haul points to new generation of drug mules,” Guardian, December 18, 2011.
Over 8 percent of men between the ages of 16 and 29, or 100,000 young men in Australia are dependent on a stimulant drug such as speed, cocaine, ecstasy or ice.
Source: “Research reveals worrying male drug trends,” ABC Melbourne, November 21, 2011.