Yukon North Of Ordinary

News archive for May 7, 2012

Man faces charges after drugs seized

The RCMP’s Drug Section arrested a Whitehorse man on three drug trafficking counts April 27.

The RCMP’s Drug Section arrested a Whitehorse man on three drug trafficking counts April 27.

Two counts related to the trafficking of what was believed to be ecstasy, and the third involved cocaine.

Charged is Adam Kyle Morrison, 30, of Whitehorse.

Although the pills seized were being sold as ecstasy, upon analysis were found to be a different drug, known as MDA (methylenedioxyamphetamine), police said.

MDA is in some ways similar to ecstacy, which is a street name for MDMA
(methylenedioxymethamphetamine).

MDA may have a stronger hallucinogenic effect, however, and is also considered more toxic than MDMA.

Symptoms of acute MDA toxicity may include agitation, sweating, increased blood pressure and heart rate, dramatic increase in body temperature, convulsions and death.

Death is usually the result of cardiac effects and subsequent stroke

The use of these drugs can also result in brain hemorrhaging, organ damage and death.

“This recent seizure reinforces the message that you never know what you are really getting when you take illicit drugs,” police said in a statement.

“There is no way of knowing the strength of the drug you are getting, what other harmful ingredients or contaminants it may contain or whether it is even the drug you are told it is.”

The risk to the user is always there, police said.

The RCMP are urging Yukoners to make themselves aware of street drugs and other potentially deadly substances.

“Please look out for each other and report the use or circulation of dangerous and illegal drugs in our communities,” police said.

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