Newsbrief: DEA to Double Ecstasy Investigations 11/29/02

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Saying that ecstasy (MDMA) is "the Y generation's cocaine," DEA head Asa Hutchinson was as hip as he was accurate as he used a San Diego press conference on November 20 to unveil a new campaign targeting ecstasy and other so-called club drugs. "Operation X-Out," as the new effort is cutely named, will double the number of DEA club drug investigations. According to Hutchinson, club drugs now make up about 5% of all major DEA investigations.

"The explosive use of Ecstasy and predatory drugs [a new term of propaganda for club drugs] among our youth is fast reaching epidemic levels," said Hutchinson, waving an evidence bag he said contained confiscated ecstasy. According to the DEA, the number of Americans using ecstasy increased by 1.6 million last year to more than 8 million. Hutchinson said some new investigations will focus on the Netherlands, where most of the world's ecstasy supply originates, while others will focus on Internet sales. The agency will also step up enforcement in south Florida, a major point of entry for the drug, and at airports across the country.

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