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October 1, 2001
ECSTASY, chemically known as MDMA, is no longer just a "club drug," confined to frenetic dancers at all-night "rave" parties. It is the fastest-growing illegal drug in Maryland and in the United States. It may not be physically addictive, but it can permanently damage the brain, harm the kidney and liver, cause heart attacks, comas and seizures. And Ecstasy can kill. The latest drug-use survey of nearly 35,000 Maryland schoolchildren confirms the rising appeal of this stimulant-hallucinogen pill.
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By Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | August 12, 2014
Following the deaths of two concert goers in Columbia earlier this month, promoters of a traveling music festival have banned a number of items including bright, decorative, chunky bracelets known as "kandi," which is popular among electronic dance music fans but some say is linked to the drug culture. Tyler Fox Viscardi, 20, of Raleigh, N.C., and Daniel Anders, 17, of Woodbridge, Va., both died after attending the Mad Decent Block Party music festival on Aug. 1 at Merriweather Post Pavilion.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | June 27, 2014
Inside a three-story Victorian home in Towson, police said they found Baltimore County's first functional MDMA lab, producing a drug more commonly known as the trendy club drug "Molly. " Neighbors said they were surprised when county police officers and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents rolled up to the house Wednesday morning and donned white hazmat suits before searching the home, just off York Road near the city line. Investigators found chemicals and glassware used to manufacture and sell MDMA, according to charging documents filed in District Court.
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By Justin George and Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | August 4, 2014
Howard County officials say they are investigating security and screening procedures at Merriweather Post Pavilion after two concertgoers died and 19 others were sent to hospitals during an electronic dance music festival over the weekend. The deaths of two young men, ages 20 and 17, who attended the daylong concert called the Mad Decent Block Party were the latest tragedy for the nationally renowned amphitheater in Columbia that has been drawing major musical artists for nearly 50 years.
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By Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | August 12, 2014
Following the deaths of two concert goers in Columbia earlier this month, promoters of a traveling music festival have banned a number of items including bright, decorative, chunky bracelets known as "kandi," which is popular among electronic dance music fans but some say is linked to the drug culture. Tyler Fox Viscardi, 20, of Raleigh, N.C., and Daniel Anders, 17, of Woodbridge, Va., both died after attending the Mad Decent Block Party music festival on Aug. 1 at Merriweather Post Pavilion.
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By Heather Dewar and Heather Dewar,SUN STAFF | April 12, 1999
Blue Nitro, the new "club drug" of the suburban set, is sometimes billed as a safe, natural high.It's about as safe and natural as floor varnish and lye -- two of the ingredients kitchen chemists commonly use to make it, according to Maryland anti-drug officials who have counted 10 overdose cases in emergency rooms around the state since January. That's an increase over last year, when two overdoses were reported to the Maryland Poison Center.An overdose of the drug GHB, sometimes called Blue Nitro, starts off like a bad drunk and can end in seizures, comas, and pneumonia, according to a report to Maryland's newly formed Drug Early Warning System from the poison control center.
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By Justin George and Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | August 4, 2014
Howard County officials say they are investigating security and screening procedures at Merriweather Post Pavilion after two concertgoers died and 19 others were sent to hospitals during an electronic dance music festival over the weekend. The deaths of two young men, ages 20 and 17, who attended the daylong concert called the Mad Decent Block Party were the latest tragedy for the nationally renowned amphitheater in Columbia that has been drawing major musical artists for nearly 50 years.
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By Peter Jensen and Peter Jensen,Sun Staff | January 28, 2001
Often, Shawn Shroyer can't think straight. He stumbles over words, forgets what he's just said. Awkward pauses punctuate his speech. He feels burnt out, fried, silently suffering in some cursed perpetual morning after -- a far cry from the whip-smart, gregarious young man that he used to be. And he's all of 21. Shroyer blames Ecstasy, the trendy and increasingly popular illegal drug among teens in Maryland and elsewhere. Once confined mostly to dance clubs and "raves," large, all-night techno music- fueled underground parties, Ecstasy is a little pill that's big and getting bigger.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | December 15, 2000
A federal judge ordered home detention yesterday for a Baltimore police officer charged in a drug conspiracy case after prosecutors failed to substantiate allegations that he tried to obstruct justice after his arrest last week. U.S. Magistrate Judge Beth P. Gessner released John H. Wilson, 27, to the custody of a family friend. She ordered electronic home monitoring for him and that he undergo psychological, drug and alcohol treatment. Federal prosecutors said last week that Wilson, while jailed, had contacted co-conspirators about destroying evidence and threatening witnesses.
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By Tim Craig and Tim Craig,SUN STAFF | July 29, 2000
Baltimore's notorious drug epidemic is even worse than law enforcement officials had realized previously, a new federal assessment shows. The report on Baltimore's drug culture, from a three-month study by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, concluded that the problem cannot be solved quickly - or by police alone. DEA officials briefed top police commanders this week on the assessment, which Police Commissioner Edward T. Norris requested this spring. "It confirms a lot of the suspicions we had," Norris said yesterday.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | June 27, 2014
Inside a three-story Victorian home in Towson, police said they found Baltimore County's first functional MDMA lab, producing a drug more commonly known as the trendy club drug "Molly. " Neighbors said they were surprised when county police officers and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents rolled up to the house Wednesday morning and donned white hazmat suits before searching the home, just off York Road near the city line. Investigators found chemicals and glassware used to manufacture and sell MDMA, according to charging documents filed in District Court.
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October 1, 2001
ECSTASY, chemically known as MDMA, is no longer just a "club drug," confined to frenetic dancers at all-night "rave" parties. It is the fastest-growing illegal drug in Maryland and in the United States. It may not be physically addictive, but it can permanently damage the brain, harm the kidney and liver, cause heart attacks, comas and seizures. And Ecstasy can kill. The latest drug-use survey of nearly 35,000 Maryland schoolchildren confirms the rising appeal of this stimulant-hallucinogen pill.
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By Peter Jensen and Peter Jensen,Sun Staff | January 28, 2001
Often, Shawn Shroyer can't think straight. He stumbles over words, forgets what he's just said. Awkward pauses punctuate his speech. He feels burnt out, fried, silently suffering in some cursed perpetual morning after -- a far cry from the whip-smart, gregarious young man that he used to be. And he's all of 21. Shroyer blames Ecstasy, the trendy and increasingly popular illegal drug among teens in Maryland and elsewhere. Once confined mostly to dance clubs and "raves," large, all-night techno music- fueled underground parties, Ecstasy is a little pill that's big and getting bigger.
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By Heather Dewar and Heather Dewar,SUN STAFF | April 12, 1999
Blue Nitro, the new "club drug" of the suburban set, is sometimes billed as a safe, natural high.It's about as safe and natural as floor varnish and lye -- two of the ingredients kitchen chemists commonly use to make it, according to Maryland anti-drug officials who have counted 10 overdose cases in emergency rooms around the state since January. That's an increase over last year, when two overdoses were reported to the Maryland Poison Center.An overdose of the drug GHB, sometimes called Blue Nitro, starts off like a bad drunk and can end in seizures, comas, and pneumonia, according to a report to Maryland's newly formed Drug Early Warning System from the poison control center.
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December 17, 2004
WITH JUST 14 days left in the year, it's highly unlikely that Baltimore's murder rate will hit 300. But it doesn't really matter. When police responded to a fatal shooting in the 1800 block of E. Chase St. on Wednesday evening, the city hit the total number of murders recorded for all of last year - 271. That's the relevant number because it marks yet another year in which the city homicide rate rose. The murder tally can only go up, and 2004 can only go down as a more deadly year than the last.
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By Matthew Dolan and Matthew Dolan,SUN STAFF | April 13, 2005
The so-called chemist for a weight-loss doctor appeared in federal court yesterday and admitted his role in an illegal drug manufacturing operation that produced the club drug Ecstasy, prosecutors said. In U.S. District Court in Baltimore, Gerard G. Galvez, 37, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to manufacture Ecstasy for cooking up millions of dollars' worth of the illegal drug. The maximum sentence for the crime is 20 years in prison. It was unclear how yesterday's plea would affect the case against Dr. Robert M. Keenan, 45, who ran Elite Weight Management Center in Towson.
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