Gardaí have seen a “huge increase” in demand for ecstasy this year on the back of a surge in the production of high-quality MDMA in Europe.
After many years of a drop-off in the manufacture of MDMA, producers have again been able to access the chemicals, known as precursors, needed to make the drug.
Gardaí have not had any reports yet of the toxic ecstasy/PMMA batch – which is being linked to the death of two young men in Kinsale – outside Cork, but warn that it could turn up at any time.
It has also emerged that two other people had severe reactions after ingesting the toxic batch at the party in Kinsale, but managed to pull through.
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