Dutch officials launch perfume that smells like MDMA

In a bid to crack down on drug manufacturing in the Netherlands, officials have released an official perfume that will put a giant grin on your face.

The perfume, named 'Xtacy', smells like aniseed, similar to the scent MDMA has.

Police officers started distributing it earlier this week in the province of Noord-Brabant, reportedly the area with the drugs laboratories in the country.

"Smell is the most important way that people can recognise an ecstasy lab. That is why we want to spread the smell over the entire country, so that everyone knows what to look out for," says prosecutor Antoinette Doedens.

The Netherlands is notorious for its production of high-quality MDMA, and prosecutor Lars Stempher warns this manufacturing leads to toxic waste dumping and other health hazards.

"Drug production labs are often located in built-up areas, and because they leave traces that the public can recognise, we have introduced this scent to help people identify if a drugs factory is operating in their neighbourhood," he says.