Tracking an ecstasy crisis

By kturner
  • First Calgary death

    Alberta health workers being to notice a dramatic rise in severe ecstasy overdoses. In one instance in late November, 16-year-old Alex Kristof was taken to hospital and later succumbed to effects of the drug.
  • Alerting the public

    Health officials identify a toxic compound known as PMMA in samples taken from a number of overdose patients. Police are notified and an initial warning issued to the public in December. Police hold a press conference to discuss PMMA ecstasy on Jan. 11, stating they have linked five deaths to the toxic compound.
  • Two more deaths

    Over the weekend, police and RCMP to two more fatal ecstasy overdoses, which claimed the lives of 23-year-olds Cody Gorlick, a SAIT student, and Brandon Bodkin of Nanton.
  • Falconridge death

    Another drug-related overdose, which would later be linked to PMMA, is reported in the Calgary community of Falconridge. Health officials also revealed that more than 100 ecstasy overdose cases had been reported in city hospitals in recent months.
  • Red Deer death

    Test results released to the public reveal the death of a 38-year-old Red Deer resident in December also came after ingesting PMMA.
  • PMMA online chat

    Alberta Health Services hosts a chat on Twitter with members of the public seeking more information about PMMA and ecstasy in general.
  • City council pitches in

    Citing a rising deathtoll, Calgary city council approves a $150,000 initiative to get anti-drug messages out to bars and other locations.
  • PMMA ecstasy bust

    Calgary police announce their first confirmed PMMA ecstasy bust and take the unprecedented step of publicizing photos of the accused dealers. Police also announce test results confirming 10 Albertans have lost their lives after ingesting PMMA.
  • Two more charged

    Two more men are charged with possession of ecstasy after police attended their southwest Calgary home.
  • Police search homes and vehicles

    Police charge two more individuals after seizing ecstasy during searches of two northeast Calgary homes and a vehicle.
  • Three additional Alberta deaths

    Medical examiners announce they have linked three deaths in northern Alberta to PMMA, including one near Edmonton in Sturgeon County.