Police warn that new drugs are here

  • Apr. 19, 2006 10:00 a.m.

Police in Queen Charlotte are seeing more signs suggesting chemical drugs like ecstasy and crystal meth are here on the islands.
Sergeant Neil Hogg says they have not made any seizures yet, but he knows the drugs are here.
The Queen Charlotte RCMP put out a news release warning that many users see chemical drugs as harmless “feel-good” substances. Users may feel like they are in control, but can easily become psychologically and physically addicted to these drugs.
Crystal meth or methamphetamine acts on the cerebral cortex of the brain, which accounts for the initial rush, anxiety, depression, mental confusion, aggressiveness, and poor judgement of the user. High doses can lead to delusions and hallucinations. The inevitable crash includes deep depression, fatigue, headaches and decreased energy.
Eighty percent of users that try meth for the first time become addicted. The rate jumps to 100 percent after the second use. Users go on binges, staying up for three to 10 days at a time. The drug can cause permanent brain and nerve damage.
Ecstasy stimulates the nervous system and has hallucinogenic properties. It intensifies the sense of touch and taste and enhances interpersonal feelings. It can also trigger paranoia, panic and can create dangerously high body temperatures, rapid breathing and kidney failure. Users have died after ingesting ecstasy, often from kidney or cardiovascular failure.

Just Posted

President and CEO leaving Coast Mountain College

Burt will say goodbye to CMNT come September

Marathon day on Haida Gwaii

Totem to Totem race looks to set another participation record

World’s largest animal spotted off coast of Haida Gwaii

Fisheries and Oceans Canada spotted the animal during their Science At-Sea mission

Two monumental poles return home to Haida Gwaii

The artifacts ended up in Vancouver by being taken, appropriated, stolen, or sold through the years

Northern B.C.’s Ridley coal terminal sold, Canada divests, First Nations to own portion

Ten per cent of shares transferred to the Lax Kw’alaams Band and the Metlakatla First Nation

Rich the Vegan scoots across Canada for the animals

Rich Adams is riding his push scooter across Canada to bring awareness to the dog meat trade in Asia

Alberta judge denies B.C.’s bid to block ‘Turn Off the Taps’ bill

He said the proper venue for the disagreement is Federal Court

Canadian high school science courses behind on climate change, says UBC study

Researchers found performance on key areas varies by province and territory

Six inducted into BC Hockey Hall of Fame

The 26th ceremony in Penticton welcomed powerful figures both from on and off the ice

RCMP investigate two shootings in the Lower Mainland

Incidents happened in Surrey, with a victim being treated at Langley Memorial Hospital

CRA program to help poor file taxes yields noticeable bump in people helped

Extra money allows volunteer-driven clinics to operate year-round

Recall: Certain Pacific oysters may pose threat of paralytic shellfish poisoning

Consumers urged to either return affected packages or throw them out

How a Kamloops-born man helped put us on the moon

Jim Chamberlin did troubleshooting for the Apollo program, which led to its success

Most Read