In the dance community, it’s known that drugs like Molly & Ecstasy are apparent at events, but dance music in Europe beholds a slight difference at their gatherings.
Experts have warned us that the quality and ingredients sold as ecstasy or MDMA in the US, are actually less pure and more dangerous than what is being sold in Europe.
The Guardian claim “anywhere between 30% and 60% of what is being sold as molly or ecstasy in the USA is not in fact MDMA.”
The rest is made up of mostly synthetic cathinones such as methylone, butylone and ethylone (nicknamed bath salts), that are designed to mimic the effects of MDMA. Other drugs found in pills and powders include: ketamine, a powerful tranquilizer; methamphetamine, a powerful synthetic stimulant; PMA or PMMA, or “Dr Death”; and alpha-PVP, known as flakka (or the Florida zombie drug).
It’s come to a realization that some people are being dealt drugs of low quality at raves that they first attend and know nothing about the dangers of the drug, leading to bunk pills and sly dealers. The stricter drug policies in the US also puts a harsher demeanor onto the process and it closely controls what substances are imported, leading to risky substances that are replacing the pure ingredients like MDMA and using other chemicals to cut pills and powder.
Mitchell Gomez, the national outreach director of DanceSafe, told the Guardian, “Instead of hundreds of thousands of users who have used that combination for many years, maybe they are the first person. We have no idea what will happen. Adulterated markets radically change the risk profile of drug taking.”
Always be careful and safe when deciding to indulge, and make sure you know what you’re getting because it’s a given that illegal activity will take place, but it’s better to face the problem than ignore it totally.