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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