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5,000 Trump-shaped ecstasy pills seized in Germany

On Aug. 19, 2017, German police, during a routine traffic interception, seized five bags stashed with 5,000 ecstasy tablets bearing U.S. President Donald Trump’s likeness. The pills bore the shape of Trump’s head on one side and his name on the reverse, media reports said. The street value of the confiscated tablets has been estimated at about $46,000.

Two men, a 51-year-old Austrian and his 17-year-old son, were arrested after the police found the drugs in the duo’s car while checking at a traffic stop in Osnabrück. The police also recovered an undisclosed amount of cash from the accused.

The latest seizure has not come as a surprise to many as several media reports of Trump-shaped pills doing the rounds surfaced last month. British newspapers like The Star and The Daily Mail had already covered news about Trump-shaped ecstasy pills being made in Amsterdam and sold in the gray market.

Why people abuse ecstasy

Ecstasy also goes by other monikers like Molly and MDMA (methylenedioxymethamphetamine), among others, and often finds its way into rave parties the world over. Mostly, people consume it in the form of a tablet or a capsule. Individuals abuse the drug to get an instant high.

Popularly known as the “love pill” in the parleys of the aficionados, ecstasy heightens one’s perceptions of color, sound or sensations, especially during sex. The party drug contains hallucinogens that act on the mind of the users making them perceive things in a different light.

However, it can have permanently damaging effects on people who abuse the drug.

Ecstasy is a mind-altering drug

Ecstasy is undeniably a mind-altering drug that can wreak havoc on one’s psychological state. It increases the activities of the brain chemicals and interacts with the dopamine causing a euphoria and a surge in energy or activity. The drug interacts with norepinephrine chemicals of the brain, leading to increased heart rate and blood pressure. Hence, it is deadly for people with heart and blood vessel problems.

Ecstasy increases the activity of the brain chemical serotonin, altering a person’s mood, appetite, sleep and other related functions as a result. This also triggers hormones affecting sexual arousal and trust. As a result, people who use ecstasy feel emotional closeness, heightened mood and empathy from others. It may even encourage users to indulge in unsafe sex, thereby increasing the chances of diseases like HIV/AIDS or hepatitis.

Other physical anomalies also arise from the use of ecstasy such as blurred vision, nausea, involuntary teeth clenching, muscle cramping, sweating, chills, etc. It can also cause depression, extreme anxiety and paranoia. Long-term abusers stand the risk of developing psychotic behavior and other related psychological disorders. People who abuse drugs like ecstasy also go on to misuse other drugs

Dealing with addiction

Whether it is a party drug, alcohol, marijuana, any illicit street substance or an opioid, dependence on them leads to a host of problems later on. Chronic and severe addiction can be fatal. Remember that substance use disorders can have life-threatening consequences if left untreated.

However, addiction to harmful substances can be treated with timely medical intervention. If a person is grappling with substance abuse, he/she should immediately seek professional help from a reputed mental health care provider. If you are looking for drug addiction help online and a treatment program, the 24/7 Recovery Helpline can help. You may call our 24/7 helpline 855- 441-4405 or chat online for further assistance.


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