An alarming drug rarely seen in Ontario appears in the region.
The appearance of a worrying drug in the region is a concern for police officers who recently seized DMT, or dimethyltryptamine, a potent psychotropic substance that can provide a short, but intense, near-death experience.
For the first time on their territory, police officers from the Municipal Security of Thetford Mines seized last Friday a small amount of powder related to DMT (dimethyltryptamine), which can also cause a decorporation, that is to say the feeling that the soul leaves the body.
“It’s something that existed, but newly arrived on our territory. It becomes a new product in the buffet of those who consume narcotics. We want to warn and collect information if possible, “says Sergeant Yves Simoneau.
According to the existing literature, DMT becomes a powerful psychedelic and almost immediate visual when it is smoked or taken by injection. Some consumers even mentioned a meeting with angels or extraterrestrial entities.
The drug is obviously not risk free and DMT can be dangerous with psychostimulants like cocaine.
The Thetford Mines police spokesperson is now wondering if “customers” will be attracted by these unusual sensory experiences or whether the substance will become a cutting ingredient for other hard drugs.
Arrest of an individual
Following the discovery of this powerful hallucinogen inside a home, the police arrested 21-year-old Isaac Labrecque from Thetford.
During this unprecedented search, the police also seized just over 12 grams of loose powder used for the composition of ecstasy (MDMA), as well as magic mushrooms (psilocybin) and liquid that can be likened to GHB.
Isaac Labrecque was accused Monday of possession of narcotic and breakage of commitment. At the time of the events, the accused was released on a promise to appear and he was not to be under the influence of drugs. He will remain behind bars until he returns to court on Friday.
The results of the Health Canada analyzes could lead to possible charges relating to the possession of narcotics.
Elsewhere, the Lévis police have mentioned never having seized this narcotic on its territory. For its part, the Quebec police used the terms “excessively rare” to describe the current situation. The Sûreté du Québec was not able to assess the regular presence of this drug on the street.
Never heard of it
In the regions, the director of the support center The compass, an establishment located in Granby, admits having never treated anyone, nor even heard about this substance.
” Never. Organized crime brings out new things pretty much every year. It is not a drug on the market in our sector. And it’s been 35 years since I made this job! “Says René Gagnon, an addiction expert, recognized by the courts and correctional services.
A RENEWAL OF HALLUCINOGENIC SUBSTANCES
The appearance of DMT in Quebec may not be the work of organized crime, but only a thrill-seeker who has been supplied via the Internet.
This is at least the hypothesis put forward by Dr. Claude Rouillard, professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Neuroscience at Laval University.
“It’s rare to find that here. It is a hallucinogen that we know for a relatively long time cons. LSD is more common. It would surprise me if it came from a criminal organization. This is the first time I hear about this in Quebec. “
According to Dr. Rouillard, however, hallucinogens are regaining popularity elsewhere in the world.
Consumption will not cause psychosis, but could be problematic for people already struggling with mental health issues. The famous bad trip is also possible.
“There is a resurgence. Fashion is coming to the American West and Europe. There is a popularity on the internet where you can buy very easily and it is perhaps what we see happen. It can be the work of one or two friends online. This is what we are likely to see more and more. We can not say much more, “summarizes the expert.
The DMT drug is naturally occurring in many plants that can be used to make hallucinogenic potions sometimes used in shamanic rituals.
In 2017, Health Canada granted an exemption to the Céu do Montréal religious group to import ayahuasca, a banned drug that contains dimethyltryptamine (DMT).