Feds Target 'Extreme Ecstasy' Spread

Potentially lethal drug, mixed with meth, coming from Canada
By Zach Samalin,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 4, 2008 6:11 PM CST
In this undated file photo released by the Community Partnership, methamphetamine, colored with strawberry-flavored children's drink mix is shown in Springfield, Mo. The latest meth cut, known as "Strawberry...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Federal drug-enforcement agents are setting their sights on a new form of ecstasy containing methamphetamines being smuggled across the border from Canada, the Detroit News reports. Known as "extreme Ecstasy," the combination of the two drugs could easily lead to overdoses and death recalling a recent wave of similar fatalities from heroin laced with fentanyl.

"We just went through this issue," White House drug official Scott Burns said. "We have to get on it early and get on it aggressively." Drug trafficking from Canada has surged in recent years, with 5.4 million doses of meth-spiked ecstasy seized in 2006, nearly 10 times more than in 2003. "This is a public health issue," Burns said.