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Thousands of ecstasy pills seized in Cape Breton

Cape Breton police say they've seized more than 10,000 ecstacy pills after searching a home in Sydney Mines on Monday afternoon.

Cape Breton police say they've seized more than 10,000 ecstasy pills after searching a home in Sydney Mines on Monday afternoon.

Wayne Frederick Cavanaugh, 42, from Sydney Mines is charged with trafficking ecstasy. He will appear in Sydney court today.

Monday's seizure was part of an ongoing investigation by the RCMP and the Cape Breton Regional Police. Police say they are aggressively targeting individuals involved in the illegal drug trade. 

The medical literature says that MDMA — technically 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine — sends waves of serotonin flooding through the brain. The natural brain chemical makes people feel happy, social and intimate with others.

According to Toronto's Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, MDMA carries a list of potential health effects that affect each user differently. They include teeth grinding, sweating, increased blood pressure and heart rate, anxiety, blurred vision, nausea, vomiting and convulsions, even at low doses.

The drug's letdown can include feelings of confusion, irritability, anxiety, paranoia and depression, and people may experience memory loss or sleep problems, jaundice or liver damage.

The deaths associated with street ecstasy, says the centre's website, usually result from dehydration and overheating when teens gulp down a pill and dance the night away.

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