What’s in your ecstasy? No MDMA, for one – PLAYBOY

Earlier this month, the Journal of Psychopharmacology published the study “Who is ‘Molly’? MDMA Adulterants by Product Name and the Impact of Harm-Reduction Services At Raves,” about MDMA purity and whether laced samples are less likely to be consumed. Researchers found that only 60 percent of the 529 samples collected contained any amount of MDMA in them. Seasoned drug users already know that purity is a crapshoot, but this is hard evidence that what’s being sold as MDMA simply is not—for the most part.

The study measured samples of drugs sold as molly or ecstasy at events throughout the country over a five-year period. It’s the first of its kind in the United States, and the findings are major: not only is MDMA often adulterated, but researchers from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Denver-based Healthy Nightlife found that on-site pill-testing has a deterrent effect. In other words, if a user finds their supposed-MDMA has been adulterated, they’re far less likely to use it and endanger themselves with the unknown contents of their pills or powders.

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Repeal of Obamacare goes down in flames – THE AMERICAN CONSERVATIVE

As Republican legislators oscillate between strategies to “repeal and replace” themess that is the Affordable Care Act, the health of the nation hangs in the balance.

Instead of the long-awaited panacea promised during Obama’s presidency, Senate Republicans have, after years of impassioned rhetoric, little to show for all their efforts. Presently, the only viable option is to reconsider Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s call for a repeal of the ACA, which would take effect in two year’s time and give Congress the opportunity to properly remedy the ACA’s ills. Repeal without simultaneous replacement doesn’t seem satisfying after years of waiting for sweeping reform. Yet, it’s sensible since a decent replacement bill is neither immediately possible nor desirable.

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‘Bathroom bills’ are ridiculous and reactionary – WASHINGTON EXAMINER

Over the past two years, people on both sides of the aisle have been strangely obsessed with bathrooms, especially as they pertain to transgender people. “Bathroom bills” — bills that attempt to legislate which restrooms transgender people can and cannot use — have taken up an impressive amount of time and legislative attention, and often seem heavily divided on partisan lines, with libertarians awkwardly hovering in the camp of “do whatever you want” (as usual). Last week, Texas senators debated whether they should move forward with bathroom legislation.

My vote is no.

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