While it’s unlikely that President Trump’s face will end up on American money anytime soon, it did wind up on a sort of “currency” traded between mid-level German drug dealers. Police in the Northwestern German city of Osnabruck reportedly seized about 5,000 ecstasy tablets in the shape of the leader of the free world’s head last weekend. Authorities believe that the drugs were destined for online sale under the slogan “Trump Makes Partying Great Again”. This is not a joke. When we take away the superficially comical nature of the incident, we’re forced to come to grips with the reality that ecstasy abuse is still alive and well in many parts of the world.
Police in Germany say the pills and a large amount of cash were found during a search of the vehicle driven by the two suspects and that the drugs have a sales value of nearly $47,000. Also known as MDMA, and “Molly” under certain circumstances, ecstasy is a psychoactive drug used primarily as a recreational party aid. Its desired effects include a sense of lasting euphoria and heightened sensations. One of the most dangerous elements of ecstasy is that its contents vary from dealer to dealer so users can never truly be sure what they’re taking. Ecstasy abuse was popular in the United States in the late 90s and early 2000s and has endured as a powerful addiction threat.
It’s important to realize that ecstasy is not the benign party drug that it is depicted as pop culture and media. It can cause serious and lasting mental illness that requires comprehensive professional treatment and severely inhibit responsible decision-making. While the nation has been preoccupied with its ongoing battle against opioid abuse, it’s critical that we keep an eye on traditional and established substance abuse threats such as cocaine, meth and ecstasy abuse.