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Ecstasy sold in US is less pure and more dangerous than in Europe, experts warn



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While it's always risky to consume MDMA or ecstasy, it's been recently revealed that the MDMA or ecstasy found in the US proves to be less pure than the substances sold under these names in Europe, where the primary concern rather than purity is high potency. Read about the experts who are warning about this trend in the full report.

This article originally appeared on The Guardian

There are so many substances being cut and sold as ecstasy that it’s very difficult for drug safety advocates to keep up. Photograph: Reuters

Many US buyers unwittingly ingest a dangerous concoction of substances known as bath salts or other psychoactive substances instead, putting themselves at risk

he purity of drugs being sold as “molly” or “ecstasy” in the United States is dangerously poor compared to Europe, experts say, with many buyers unwittingly putting themselves at risk by ingesting a random and dangerous concoction of substances known as bath salts or other new psychoactive substances.

“Popping a pill always carries risks, but it’s different risks depending on what side of the Atlantic you are on,” explained Adam Winstock, an addiction psychiatrist and founder of the Global Drug Survey, who is calling for better drug education among the American public.

While Europe faces a flood of high-potency ecstasy pills, the US has the opposite problem: pills or powders sold as “ecstasy” or “molly” that contain very little or no MDMA, the active ingredient associated with the drug. According to data collected from a range of sources, 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...


... Read the full report by Olivia Solon at theguardian.com/society/2016/dec/10/ec...





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