Street drug Ecstasy prompts health alert in Calgary
December 29, 2011
CALGARY - Following recent deaths of two young adults in the Calgary-area, Alberta Health Services (AHS) is issuing a public health alert regarding use of the street drug Ecstasy, and the dangers associated with this drug.
Though toxicology tests have not concluded for all cases, preliminary results indicate that Ecstasy or a combination of toxic substances sold on the street as Ecstasy is the likely cause of three recent Calgary-area deaths.
“People need to be aware of the extreme danger of ingesting this drug,” says Dr. Judy MacDonald, Medical Officer of Health, Calgary Zone. “Ecstasy is not only capable of making people very sick, but this drug can kill.”
The source and amount of the drug on the street is unknown. Since April 2011, Calgary Emergency and Urgent Care Departments have treated over 100 individuals for Ecstasy-related health concerns.
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Alberta Health Services is responsible for planning and delivering health supports and services for more than 3.7 million adults and children living in Alberta. Its mission is to provide a patient-focused, quality health system that is accessible and sustainable for all Albertans.