Popular designer drug 4-Fluoroamphetamine, also known as 4-FA and 4-FMP, will be banned in the Netherlands beginning Thursday. The party drug will be on the classified as "List I" under the country's drug laws, meaning it will be labeled as a hard drug.
The police have found about 100 jerry cans filled with chemicals in the Brabant town Son en Breugel.
A 41 year old woman from Utrecht died on Sunday morning as a result of drug use after attending the Amsterdam Dance event.
A festival-goer at Hardcore XL in Nuland passed away Sunday morning due to a drug overdose, the police believe. The 22-year old died shortly after being admitted to hospital.
Drugs criminality is almost overwhelming the police and the Department of Justice in the Netherlands, yet some ex-dealers are saying that most of the criminals they are pursuing are only amateurs. One convicted xtc-producer is even surprised that there aren't more deaths.
The police dismantled a big drugs laboratory in a corporate building in Vimmerik in Nieuwkuijk on Wednesday. They arrested five men.
60 percent of young people between 20 and 24 who go out, used ecstasy at least once in the last year, according to new research from the Trimbos Institute.
While the police was thinking to raid a cannabis grower, they discovered a large XTC lab. The police announced on Wednesday that the lab had a daily capacity of 200 kilogram of MDMA, the active ingredient in XTC pills.
How much MDMA actually was produced in the lab near Rosmalen has to be revealed by further investigation. No arrests have been made yet.
All drugs found in the building have been confiscated by the police. The SWAT team will guard the place on Wednesday evening since there is still a stock of chemicals in the building.
Last year more incidents related to drugs were recorded, according to figures, published by the Trimbos Institute on Tuesday. Trimbos also points out, that a more active registration can explain part of the increase.
The use of ecstasy (xtc) leads most often to problems. When during major events, problems with drugs were reported, it was 61 percent about the use of ecstasy. In 2009 this was 39 percent. Also at the emergency rooms of hospitals, (from 3 to 11 percent), or at police doctors the proportion of people who came in trouble by xtc increased.
The Dutch centre of expertise on mental health and addiction, Trimbos-instituut, warns for the dangerous substance PMMA that they found in samples of powder that was sold as ketamine and MDMA, an ingredient of the popular drug XTC.