This article was originally published on November 26, 2018.
Realistically, most people know that the cocaine circulating at any party scene is more often than not cut with another drug or substance. That reality is part of the reason why Fentanyl-related deaths have become so rampant in the past year, as it's been found in several different kinds of drugs circulating the party scene. Though the results of a project conducted by a group of Canadian nurses truly reveals just how large of an epidemic disguised drugs has become, and how most Canadians are unaware of how tainted their drugs really are.
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The group of nurses are called Project Safe Audience and they've been going to parties in Winnipeg for the past two years. Attending at least one party per month, the nurses collect and test drugs that circulate throughout the night in efforts to help Canadians make safer choices when it comes to drugs and partying. The reality of what they found though is shocking.
One of the nurses, Bryce Koch, spoke with CBC News claiming "we haven't had a real cocaine test since the start of the Summer. What we're seeing, 90% of the tests we're doing on cocaine is coming back positive for meth. So we're actually thinking no one is actually taking cocaine in this city, it's pretty much all meth."
Of the 10% that doesn't come back as meth, Koch claims it comes back as substances they "can't test" and they are not getting "consistent results." According to the nurse, cocaine routinely would show up quite easily when sampled as well as meth, meaning that the other 10% of samples mysteriously not showing up as anything identifiable means there is something there, but they cannot tell what is actually is. That kind of unknown territory where not even medical professionals can identify what partiers are taking proves just how dangerous the drug scene has become.
Through their research, the nurses also found tablets that dealers were claiming to be MDMA were also coming back as meth after testing. Koch claims the probable reason for meth becoming a popular stand-in disguised as other drugs is because "people are looking for cocaine that keeps them stimulated for 10 hours, that's not cocaine, that's meth." He also attributes the fact that meth is a lot cheaper than cocaine as the reason the drug is a popular stand-in, as dealers make a larger profit.
The issue with meth serving as a disguised stand-in for cocaine is that according to Koch, "if people take a cocaine-sized dose of meth, they are putting themselves at risk of meth-induced psychosis." A terrifying result of an uninformed decision that partiers aren't fully aware they are making.
While the work of Project Safe Audience has only been conducted in Winnipeg, it's logical to assume that similar events are occurring to some extent in party scenes across the country. Meaning that the next time you consider taking drugs at a party, you may want to consider who you are taking them from and if they are a trustable source. As well as if you are willing to accept the possible consequences that could come from taking the drug and finding out it isn't what it was claimed to be.
Source: CBC News