Middle class mums are reportedly hiding Class A drugs in wheels of French cheese and hosting bizarre dinner parties.
According to Metro , a new trend called ‘brieing’ has taken off in which friends get together and add MDMA to what would otherwise be a relaxed affair involving some sort of risotto and a bottle of Chardonnay.
Apparently the fad is particularly popular with women, many of whom favour using Brie as a vehicle for drug taking, though others have used the likes of hoisin duck pancakes to mask the illegal substance.
An anonymous businesswoman from London, 50, explained how the whole thing works to Metro: "I have a strong circle of female friends and we had tried all the latest fads, food fashions and destination dinner parties but something was missing.
"We did not seem to have as much of a laugh than as when we were younger, there always seemed to be barriers up between us.
"So, one of our group suggested we all take MDMA together so we could open up to each other and improve our friendships."
She added her friend had been given some of the drug by her daughter. Although many of her party had tried recreational drugs before, none had tried MDMA.
After investigating how best to take it, they decided to wrap the powder in cigarette paper and hide it in Brie.
"Nothing much happened for forty minutes then then the colours in the rug seemed to be a more vivid and before I know it was in an in-depth conversation about my fantasy sex life with an old friend," the woman said.
Now, she said she’s been invited to ‘brieing parties’, which she described as a very "middle class way of taking drugs".
Another mum, 42, who works in London, said she has had similar experiences.
"Brie is a new one on me – we always use the duck pancakes from our takeaway," she said.
"Last time all the mums came over a civilised dinner party it ended with one of them wrapped up in the velvet curtains, one hallucinating at the bathroom wall and the others dancing to 90s rave music while playing bongos in the sitting room.
"It’s all good fun at the time but by Wednesday we wish we’d just watched Netflix and had a nice bottle of wine."
According to recent surveys analysing drug use in Britain, around 20,000 people are believed to regularly take ecstasy each weekend.
Between 2013 and 2016 there was a four-fold increase in female party-goers seeking emergency medical treatment.
The drug is dangerous in any instance, though it is reportedly more so for women.
Dr Adam Winstock, founder of the Global Drugs Survey, said: "Women appear to be more at risk of harm.
"Everyone has to be careful, but I think women need to pay extra attention to things like how much they are using, how they are mixing, where they are and who they’re with."
There has been an increase in usage of MDMA in recent years. It is a more potent, powdered form of ecstasy, which is said to bring about a feeling of euphoria due to a chemical reaction in the brain.
There has also been an increase in reported deaths as a result of taking ecstasy and MDMA.
Figures released by the ONS at the end of 2016 show deaths linked to the drug are the highest since records began. In 2015, 57 people died in the UK after taking ecstasy.
A 45-year-old single sales manager from Sutton, Surrey, said she regrets partaking in a so-called ‘brieing’ party.
"I thought it was funny that we were all taking ‘E’s n Cheese’ together and we did have a real laugh on the night.
"But the come down I had was absolutely terrible…I will never be doing it again."
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