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What is Ecstasy?

The chemical name for ecstasy is 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA). The chemical structure is similar to that of amphetamine (a stimulant) and mescaline (a hallucinogen). It is a street drug that is only made in illegal labs. It is usually sold as a tablet, capsule, or powder. The tablets vary in shape, size, colour, and in the amount of ecstasy they contain. They may be stamped with a logo. This does not guarantee how pure the tablet is.

Letter to Parents

In February, Chief Constable Bob Rich sent out a letter to parents addressing the recent deaths of two young people in Abbotsford who died after taking what was believed to be ecstasy. In the letter the Chief urges parents to learn about drugs so they can have a meaningful discussion with their children. Letter to Parents from Chief Constable Bob Rich

Operation X

The goal of the Operation X campaign was to raise awareness amongst young people – many of whom believe that ecstasy is safer than other illicit drugs such as heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine. The truth is that none of these street drugs are safe.

The Operation included a series of posters distributed in high schools and youth hot spots in Abbotsford highlighting the real dangers of ecstasy and other street drugs. This included specially designed bus-bench signs throughout the city.

In June, 2012, the Abbotsford Police Department released a short trailer, Operation X - The Straight Goods on "E", meant to shock viewers of the dangers of ecstasy and inform them that the Police would be visiting schools in Abbotsford, educating students about ecstasy.

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