British Columbia's top health official says taking pure ecstasy can be safe when consumed responsibly by adults, despite warnings by police about the dangers of the street drug after a rash of deaths.
Dr. Perry Kendall said Thursday that the risks of MDMA _ the pure substance synonymous with ecstasy _ are overblown, and that its lethal dangers arise when gangs mix the manmade chemical with other toxic substances.
Sixteen people from western Canada died last July from a tainted batch of ecstasy they obtained from dealers, the only way an average person can acquire the drug in Canada. It was cut with a toxin called PMMA.
Kendall is advocating that MDMA be legalized and sold through licensed, government-run stores where the product is strictly regulated.