Ecstasy linked to woman’s death

RCMP are probing the death of an 18-year-old woman after she took two ecstasy pills Saturday night.
The woman and three friends took the popular party drug at the Euphoria dance club Saturday night, police said Tuesday.
The woman, whose name has not been released, became ill.
“She wasn’t doing well with it. They said she seemed to be having a bad trip,” said Cpl. Bucky Buchanan.
The woman went home at about 6 a.m. and fell asleep. Her boyfriend and another friend said they checked on her every half hour.
“The third or fourth time they went to check, she wasn’t breathing. They called paramedics at 10:15 a.m.,” said Buchanan.
The woman, a former store clerk, was a known drug user who had previously suffered stomach problems from taking ecstasy, said Buchanan.
An autopsy is being performed to determine the cause of death.
Police don’t believe foul play was involved.
Buchanan said although ecstasy hasn’t been confirmed as the cause of death, it has been proven dangerous in the past.
“Just from our past experience, the stuff we have seized is called ecstasy but none of it has been pure.”
Ecstasy has been found to contain potentially lethal cocktails of other drugs. Ecstasy pills are commonly laced with other drugs such as LSD and even strychnine or rat poison.
Ecstasy is a stimulant that can cause brain damage, says a report from Barry McCaffrey, director of the U.S. Office of National Drug Control Policy.
It generally reduces inhibitions, increases energy and creates a sense of euphoria, but it also can evoke anxiety and paranoia. Heavier doses generate depression, irrationality and psychosis, McCaffrey says in the report.
An overdose of ecstasy could be characterized by panic attacks, kidney and cardiovascular failure, heart attacks, strokes and seizures.
The drug can be fatal and cause serious damage because it causes body temperature to rise. As of September 2013, 22 people had died in Canada as a result of taking ecstasy.
Buchanan said police have looked into the operations of the Euphoria dance club and will continue to do so.
The ecstasy pills taken by the woman were purchased at the club, according to her friends, RCMP said.
Euphoria co-owner David Mah said he was not involved in the day-to-day operation of the club so he couldn’t comment on the possibility of drugs on site.
The club’s general manager could not be reached for comment.