Supply of ecstasy pills on the Icelandic underground market is increasing, according to Karl Steinar Valsson, head of the Capital Region Police Drug Department. The sale of the drug is mostly aimed at 16 to 20-year-olds.
Police are especially worried about groups of teenagers within that age group who rent venues for parties where they have access to ecstasy and are not under any supervision, Morgunbladid reports.
“We receive over 700 people every year who are abusing drugs,” said Valgerdur Rúnarsdóttir, a physician at the Center of Addiction Medicine (SÁÁ), adding drug consumption has been increasing steadily since 1999. “This increase is most apparent in the youngest age group, those under 25.”
“Most people who use ecstasy are also taking other drugs. These young individuals are daily users of cannabis and often take other drugs regularly too, like amphetamine, cocaine or ecstasy,” Rúnarsdóttir added.
Rúnarsdóttir said taking ecstasy is very dangerous. “It is terrible poison for the brain.”