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From the apprentice chemist to the multinationals of crime: France flooded by synthetic drugs

2024-03-02T17:24:46.357Z

Highlights: Criminal firms and amateur chemists have invested in the synthetic drug sector. They produce millions of tablets and “crystals’ with effects as random as they are devastating, consumed by 400,000 French people. Rémy* was a big fan of 3-MMC. Until last year, he had “whole bags’ delivered. “It made me feel like I was floating. At the time, I felt free, efficient,” he tells Le Figaro.


INVESTIGATION - Criminal firms and amateur chemists have invested in the synthetic drug sector. They produce millions of tablets and “crystals” with effects as random as they are devastating, consumed by 400,000 French people.


Rémy* was a big fan of 3-MMC.

Until last year, he had

“whole bags”

delivered .

“It made me feel like I was floating.

At the time, I felt free, efficient

,” confides the thirty-year-old Parisian to Le

Figaro

.

Like so many other French people – hundreds of thousands, according to the authorities – he sought to free himself from the

“constraints of his body”

.

Then came the time of addiction.

And side effects like palpitations, hallucinations, and loss of grip with reality.

The drug makes him sink, until a traumatic event, which pushes him to contact an association.

There, he meets many other addicts.

Everyone complains of deleterious experiences.

“Some were robbed,”

others beaten or kidnapped,

“while they were under the influence of drugs.

We took advantage of them”

and their

“daze,”

he tells us.

Because Rémy not only fell into addiction: he was the victim of global trafficking…

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Source: lefigaro

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