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Dutch ecosystem in strife thanks to Australian party-goers (namely folks who take MDMA and Ecstasy)

According to Dutch authorities, the popularity of recreational drugs in Australia is leading to environmental damage on land and sea in the Netherlands.

Since Holland is the world’s biggest producer of synthetic drugs – including MDMA, also a key component in the recreational drug Ecstasy – Dutch crime syndicates have been keeping themselves busy dumping toxic waste from labs into the nation’s forests, rivers and coastline.

And Australians are some of the drug gangs’ biggest customers.

Chemicals used to make MDMA – including methylamine, acetone and hydrochloric acid – all end up in Holland’s ecosystem and become harmful to the nation’s animal and plant life, let alone its people.

“That pill you use [on] the weekend causes a lot of environmental issues back in Holland,” says Andy Kraag, head of the country’s National Crime Division, to media this week.

In Holland, an MDMA pill costs less than 50 cents to make but that same pill will sell for twenty to thirty dollars in Australia. Chemicals used to make MDMA – including methylamine, acetone and hydrochloric acid – all end up in Holland’s ecosystem and become harmful to the nation’s animal and plant life; let alone the damage done to the nation’s waterways, frequently used by locals and tourists.

In Holland, an MDMA pill costs less than 50 cents to make but that same pill will sell for twenty to thirty dollars in Australia.

Kraag says that Dutch authorities have shut down up to 75 MDMA labs per year, and that they end up cleaning up more than 100 tonnes of chemical waste dumped by the drugs’ producers.

And Dutch drug gangs are cunning in their underworld tactics – to the point of bribing local farmers to mix their chemical waste in with the fertiliser sprayed on their crops. Refusing drug gang demands often results in harmful threats.

Something to think about the next time you or a friend intends on partying big-time on a little pill…

Antonino Tati

 

For more on this subject, tune in to ‘The MDMA Highway’ which airs Thursday 8.30pm on SBS Viceland.

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