A report from the BBC has suggested that that MDMA is rapidly disappearing from UK clubs and a flurry of alternate highs are replacing those magic disco biscuits.
The shortage has come around because of authorities across the world have tightened up controls on the export and import of substances like PMK, a synthetic chemical that is used in the production of MDMA.
China the world’s largest producer of PMK, has tightened up controls on the export of the chemical since the Beijing Olympics.
According to the BBC, ecstasy busts have have dropped massively, from 1197 in London in 2006, to just 331 in 2009.
If you can’t buy it, you can’t buy it – that could be to do with this issue of precursor chemicals,” Drugscope chief Harry Shapiro told the BBC. “If you lack the chemicals to make it there will be less around. The figures suggest MDMA is harder to get at the moment than it was.”
In forcing this shortage however, authorities have caused people to seek alternatives in the relatively unchartered grounds of legal drugs like methylone and mephedrone. At least the effects both long term and short term of MDMA are well documented…