MDMA Laced Coffee Becomes Dangerous Party Drug in Laos

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The combination of drugs and coffee becomes a dangerous trend among young people in Laos.

Young people in Laos have popularized a new party drug that sees MDMA mixed with coffee. At least one person has died as a result of this risky combination.

The party drug has been in discussion recently after one victim’s family posted a viral social media post warning of the fatal mix.

According to research published by the British Journal of Pharmacology, consumption of caffeine combined with psychostimulant drugs including MDMA can provoke severe acute adverse reactions.

These include changes in body temperature regulation, cardiotoxicity, and lowering of the seizure threshold.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public Security, Gen. Vilay Lakhamfong, said during a recent National Assembly session that nitrous oxide and coffee laced with various drugs are known to be used by partygoers in Laos.

But healthcare workers are skeptical that drugs can be easily stamped out, instead concerned that those who overdose may not receive primary assistance.

Mr. Lamngern Vongphachanh, President of Vientiane Rescue 1624, spoke to the Laotian Times, saying that basic knowledge of first aid could help save lives in the event of a reaction to drugs.

Tight clothing should be removed to avoid restricting bloodflow, according to Mr. Lamngern, while victims should be lain down and placed on their side.

The Government of Laos declared drug prevention and control a national agenda in May 2021, calling for decisive action and the participation of multiple sectors to combat the narcotics threat.