Ecstasy--MDMA--is a drug that first gained popularity in the 1980's. The drug, said to make you more empathic, loving and open to self-reflection, was often found at "Raves" or all-night parties. Fearing for the safety of the community, the Drug Enforcement Agency moved quickly to have the drug classified as a Schedule I drug--meaning that it was classified as a controlled substance that had no medical benefit and a high risk for abuse.
Last week, Huntington, W. V. had an unprecedented 26 heroin overdoses in only three and a half hours. While none of the overdoses were fatal--due largely to the availability of nalaxone, a heroin antidote--authorities believe the extraordinary number was linked to a new batch of heroin mixed with highly lethal fentanyl.
Dupage County's first medical marijuana dispensary recently opened for business on Naperville's far west side. The Naperville 3C Dispensary (with the Cs standing for Compassionate Care Center) opened Feb. 4, joining other dispensaries that are already in operation in Illinois.