Music festivals can be an amazing experience, but unfortunately, they can be home to all sorts of drugs as well.
We recommend partying safely and soberly, but we would be naive to think that’s always the case. Whether you partake or not, you should be aware of some scary new findings before embarking your next event. American Addiction Centers analyzed more than 25,700 test reports of ecstasy between the years of 2005-2017 to see what is really being circulated across the globe.
Some alarming findings:
Over 8% of pills contained a mixture of MDxx and amphetamines (known as speed or meth)
40.5% of pills sold in the U.K. as MDMA are pure (34.7% in the U.S.)
More than 1 in 6 pills contained unknown substances which could not be identified
What does this all mean? Basically, almost half of ecstasy pills that you will see are cut with adulterants in some way. Unless you have a pill-testing kit handy, there is no way to know what is really in a drug marketed as ecstasy or ‘molly.’
Pure ecstasy would contain a single ingredient: MDMA. But unfortunately, anything that is not pure can include hazardous chemical components, some of which can be deadly.
Since 1999, the number of psychostimulant-related deaths in the U.S. has increased by nearly eight times, from 563 people in 1999 to almost 4,300 deaths in 2014. With the number of U.S. psychostimulant-related deaths skyrocketing, it’s important to be aware of the dangers of taking drugs that are not prescribed to you.
Of the more than 25,700 reports that were examined by PillReports.net, less than half of the drugs in the world labeled as ecstasy were pure MDMA. That means that for every two pills sold as ecstasy, only one may be pure MDMA.
It’s important to note that even users who ingested pure MDMA experienced adverse effects of the drug, such as nausea, chills, seizures and loss of consciousness. Shockingly, less than 29 percent of the men and women who consumed a pure form of the drug assessed that the drug was pure based on their experience after consumption.
The truth is, the strength of ecstasy is increasing at an alarming rate and there is no surefire way to tell what any drug is made of just by looking at it. With drugs being laced with new chemical components every year, it’s important to be cautious when ingesting any sort of drug.