Drug traffickers across the United States seem to be using the image of President Donald Trump to boost their sales. According to a news release of the Indiana State Police, the department arrested 129 people as part of a series of drug busts, and recovered “Trump-shaped” ecstasy pills. According to the police, the orange pills had Trump’s face imprinted on one side. On the other side, each pill was engraved with a controversial campaign slogan, “Make America Great Again.” Experts believe these new innovative marketing tactics used by drug dealers are aimed at encouraging people to buy the drugs.
Although the news release doesn’t provide details about the size or quantity of the ecstasy seized, officers said that the six-day operation conducted last month also led to the seizure of cocaine, lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), among others. Most of the drugs were seized at various traffic stops in the state, authorities said.
According to law enforcement agencies, in the U.S., nearly 80 percent of ecstasy seized in the last one decade originated from or entered the country through the Netherlands. Reports suggest Israeli trafficking syndicates are currently the major drug suppliers to various distribution groups operating nationwide, who conduct drug-trafficking activities through couriers aboard commercial airline flights, express mail services or more recently, through air freight shipments.
Further, experts say drug cartels with a track record of heroin smuggling are pushing significant amounts of ecstasy into Canada from a variety of means. Besides, authorities haven’t ruled out the hand of Asian trafficking organizations in moving ecstasy to Canada’s west coast.. In recent years, drug seizure figures indicate that Mexican and Colombian drug traffickers are increasing their involvement in the ecstasy trade.
Fighting ecstasy addiction
Ecstasy is a potent hallucinogenic drug, capable of altering a user’s perception of the outside world. Such a powerful mind-altering drug is classified as a Schedule I hallucinogenic and prohibited under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) after rampant abuse during the 1960s. Used primarily for recreational purposes, 3,4-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA), popularly known as ecstasy, is a psychoactive drug . Usually taken orally in the form of pills, the effects of ecstasy include pleasurable sensations, feelings of exhilaration lasting between 3 and 6 hours that may be accompanied by nausea. Adverse effects of ecstasy use include dependence, paranoia, memory problems, sleep disturbances, blurred vision, teeth grinding, profuse sweating, and an accelerated heartbeat. Additionally, abuse can also pave the way for full-blown depression and fatigue. In recent years, deaths have been reported due to hypothermia and dehydration after ecstasy overdose.
Fortunately, ecstasy addiction can be treated with timely medical intervention. However, there is no one-size-fits-all solution while dealing with substance use disorders. What can work for one person may not work at all for the other. The different approaches used to deal with addiction are cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), medications and enrolling patients in mutual-support groups. If left untreated, chronic addiction can lead to severe physical and mental health problems, and even death.
The only way to break free from the clutches of ecstasy is to seek professional treatment for ecstasy addiction to reverse the devastating effects of the drug. Sovereign Health understands the plight of someone unable to discontinue the use of harmful substances despite the negative impact on his or her life. Customized detox programs and therapies at Sovereign Health of San Clemente are designed to treat a person holistically. If you or your loved one is battling addiction to ecstasy, call our 24/7 helpline or chat online to know about the most effective treatment programs at our world-class ecstasy treatment centers.