Groesbeck: Students caught with deceptively shaped Ecstasy pills
Two students have been caught in the past week on the campus of Groesbeck High School with deceptively shaped Ecstasy pills, Groesbeck police Chief Chris Henson said in a Facebook post Thursday.
“The Ecstasy pills resembled a blue Transformer Autobot, an orange Transformer Autobot, an orange Pacman Ghost and a purple grenade,” Henson said.
“These pills can easily go undetected by those unfamiliar with them,” he said.
The first student was caught on Oct. 24 after school officials received an anonymous tip.
The suspected narcotics found in the student’s backpack tested positively for MDMA or Ecstasy.
The student was charged with possession of a controlled substance less than 1 gram in a drug free zone and was placed in juvenile detention.
A second student caught Wednesday with pills that tested positive for MDMA was charged with the same offense, but was taken to the Limestone County Jail.
“We ask that you talk to your kids and look for anything remotely suspicious,” Henson said
“Neither law enforcement nor the school districts can do it alone.”
Ecstasy is used primarily as a recreational drug whose effects include increased energy, altered sensations and pleasure.
It’s chemically similar to both stimulants and hallucinogens and can cause increased heart rate and blood pressure, nausea, cramping, blurred vision, chills and sweating.
High doses can affect the ability of the user’s body to regulate temperature, leading to spikes that can result occasionally in liver, kidney or heart failure and even death, the National Institute of Drug Abuse says.