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Ex-dealer stopped selling ecstasy over tainting fears

Days after police warned Calgarians to avoid ecstasy because it could be tainted with other compounds such as methamphetamine, a former dealer says he stopped selling the pills for the same reason.

Days after police warned Calgarians to avoid ecstasy because it could be tainted with other compounds such as methamphetamine, a former dealer says he stopped selling the pills for the same reason.

The man, whose identity CBC News has agreed to conceal, stopped dealing ecstasy (MDMA) because he could never be sure he was selling his customers unadulterated pills.

"You never know what’s in it. It's just different coloured powder every time. You ask the guy and he doesn't know. There's no way to know with this kind of stuff," he said.

On Wednesday police said toxicology results showed that ecstasy — which was recently responsible for five overdose deaths in the Calgary area — was laced with other, more potent compounds.

Paramethoxymethamphetamine (PMMA) and methamphetamine were present in the lab results for each of the deaths, the chief medical examiner's office said.

B.C. health officials said Thursday that PMMA was also found in the blood of a recent ecstasy overdose victim in that province.

The ex-dealer said ecstasy is widely available for sale at parties or clubs, and he was able to make up to $500 on a busy night.

On Calgary streets, CBC News had little trouble finding admitted ecstasy users. One said he used the drug as recently as last weekend.

"Recent experience has been positive, it's been fairly minor. I'm certainly beyond the adolescent binging of anything," he said.

But according to officials in Calgary there is no safe street drug, and no safe dose of a street drug.

Corrections

  • This story was changed from a previously published version to remove the name of one of the people in the story.

    Nov 20, 2013 7:23 AM MT

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