As the December holidays are upon us, this is the time Cruise Bruise reminds passengers and crew alike about drug overdoses, especially on cruises, in cruise ship ports and particularly the party drug ecstasy (see video below). Common street names of ecstasy include: Adam, Beans, Clarity, Disco Biscuit, E, Ecstasy, Eve, Go, Hug Drug, IKEA, Lover’s Speed, MDMA, Molly, Peace, STP, X, and XTC.
In Florida, which has the largest number of cruise ship passenger departures in the United States, drug overdoses are at epidemic level. The total number of drug overdoses are skyrocketing in the US, the worst of it in South Florida. In Palm Beach County which is home to Bahamas Paradise Cruises, in 2016 nearly 700 people died of drug overdoses, by July 2017 the number had reached 454, which is even higher than medical examiners predicted for all 2017.
Bahamas Paradise Cruise has just added a second ship to their fleet, allowing for daily departure cruises to the Bahamas.
According to the drug treatment program Futures of Palm Beach, Florida, ecstasy is commonly distributed in colorful tablet/ pill form though may be available in powder or liquid forms. This drug is manufactured in unregulated laboratories and is commonly mixed or “cut” with varying amounts of substance such as: Methamphetamine (i.e., “Crystal Meth”), ketamine, cocaine, the over-the counter cough suppressant dextromethorphan (DXM), the diet drug ephedrine, and caffeine. These combinations of various amounts of unknown substances make this drug especially dangerous.
There are several negative effects. Consumption of this drug impacts the body’s ability to regulate its temperature. This could lead to liver, kidney and cardiovascular failure. A common cause of death in MDMA users is dehydration due to abuse in crowded party situations (i.e., raves/ musical festivals). Chronic use of MDMA can produce damage to the serotonin system (the system in the brain that promotes stable moods), as well as impaired memory and learning functions.
Originally, Ecstasy was the chemical MDMA; however, according to the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), it is often mixed with other drugs. There is no regulation in place concerning the manufacture of Ecstasy because it is a Schedule I substance.
The DEA says, “Some unwanted psychological effects include: confusion, anxiety, depression, paranoia, sleep problems, and drug craving. All these effects usually occur within 30 to 45 minutes of swallowing the drug and usually last 4 to 6 hours, but they may occur or last weeks after ingestion.”
Tampa Florida Sunset Music Festival Ecstasy Deaths
Tampa Police said 57 people were taken to hospitals after the two-day Sunset Music Festival in Tampa, Florida at Raymond James Stadium Saturday, May 27, 2017 and Sunday, May 28, 2017. The Hillsborough County medical examiner ruled the deaths of a Kissimmee woman and Melbourne man, both of whom were hospitalized after the Sunset Music Festival, were caused by ecstasy overdoses.
Cruise Port Hurricane Drug Overdoses
Two people overdosed on opioids while in shelters in Palm Beach County during Hurricane Irma, officials said. Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg says the two victims were revived with an overdose reversal drug.
Scientists learned from Hurricane Katrina and Superstorm Sandy. Drug users took chances during storms, researchers found, avoiding evacuation to stay near their dealers. Those in treatment missed doses of medications and went back to street drugs to avoid withdrawal sickness. During Sandy, clinics that lost power measured methadone by candlelight.
Mark Kinzly, co-founder of the Texas Overdose Naloxone Initiative, said his group distributed around 500 kits to clinics along the Texas coast in the midst of Hurricane Harvey cleanup.
Cruise Port Saint Helier IKEA Ecstasy Death
The BBC reported, Kyle Pringle, 18, from Saint Helier, died at General Hospital at 06:51 hours on Saturday, June 17, 2017 from ingesting super potent ecstasy pills stamped “IKEA”.
Saint Helier is one of the twelve parishes of Jersey, the largest of the Channel Islands in the English Channel. St Helier has a population of about 33,500, roughly 34.2% of the total population of Jersey, and is the capital of the Island.
“Whilst subject to toxicology reports and a post-mortem, evidence at this time suggests the death is as a result consumption of “IKEA” ecstasy tablets. We strongly advise members of the public not to take these tablets in the interests of their health.
Anyone who does take the tablets and becomes unwell is urged to seek medical attention through their GP or in an emergency, attend at the accident and emergency department.”
Cruise ships calling at Saint Helier are Phoenix Reisen’s Amadea, Hapag Lloyd’s Bremen, Peter Deilmann Cruises’ Deutschland, Hapag-Lloyd’s Hanseatic, Cruise & Maritime Voyages’ Marco Polo, Princess Cruises’ Ocean Princess, Saga Cruises’ Saga Pearl II and SeaDream Yacht Club’s Sea Dream.
European Drug Named IKEA
What is IKEA and why is there a version of ecstasy named after it? IKEA is a Swedish-founded multinational group, that designs and sells ready-to-assemble furniture, kitchen appliances and home accessories headquartered in Leiden, Netherlands with 411 locations worldwide
It was founded in Sweden in 1943 by then-17-year-old Ingvar Kamprad, who was listed by Forbes in 2015 as one of the ten richest people in the world, worth more than 40 billion dollars.
It has been the world’s largest furniture retailer since at least 2008 and is very popular among young adults known as millennials. There is a online trend among millennials to post on Youtube as they get high on various drugs including LSD and video themselves assembling IKEA kits. (See video playlist below)
Related – Cruise Overdose Deaths:
- Ashley Barnett Cruise Ship Overdose Death
- Dianne Brimble Cruise Ship Ecstasy Overdose Death
- Kipi Holcomb Carnival Ecstasy Overdose Death
- John Coleman Carnival Ecstasy Overdose Death
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Video Playlist: IKEA High Builders