New crystal caps on Australian streets could cause more ecstasy deaths

Police concerned about high purity ecstasy pill

A super strength ecstasy pill is making its way to Australian streets and could cause more ecstasy deaths.

Known as the “crystal cap” the Herald Sun reports the pill is made up of 80 per cent MDMA, where as in the past ecstasy has only been made up of 30 or 40 per cent of MDMA.

The Herald Sun reports police are analysing a batch of drugs taken by people on Chapel Street in Melbourne earlier this month, which caused three deaths and 20 hospitalisations.

The overdoses come on the back of warnings by authorities about a new wave of powerful drugs that are on the streets.

Last September a survey by Ecstasy and Related Drugs Reporting System revealed nearly 60 per cent of people who took ecstasy ingested it in a high purity crystal form and many of those users were bingeing on stimulants for up to 48 hours.

Amanda Roxburgh from the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre said the research found users first mentioned the crystal ecstasy in 2012 but since then there had been a steady year-on-year increase in the use of crystal ecstasy.

"While pills are still the most common form reportedly used, the increasing popularity of ecstasy crystals appears to be linked to their increased purity."

More than 90 per cent of ecstasy users say it’s easy to get.

About five years ago only 70 per cent said it was easy to find.

About 75 per cent of people who take ecstasy are under 25 and mostly do it in nightclubs.

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