Ecstasy aka MDMA/Molly is used by one out of ten young adults in the US according to various surveys from New York City campuses. The popularity of this party drug is only increasing among young people, despite being tested to show the ecstasy consumed is very often ‘far from pure’, according to New York University scientists.
Combining ecstasy with other drugs that affect the serotonin levels in your body — such as synthetic stimulants — can be toxic. Using cocaine or other ‘uppers’ with ecstasy can escalate your blood pressure and heart rate to levels high enough to cause a heart attack or stroke or even sudden death.
Their study explained that ecstasy is becoming increasingly risky because it has become infiltrated with new drugs that people know very little about. What’s being sold as ‘Molly’ or MDMA at music festivals is regularly mixed with ‘bath salts’ which are psychoactive substances that are inexpensive, unregulated, and mind-altering. Unless the drugs are tested before being purchased by the users (rare), most are unaware that their ecstasy has been mixed with “ingredient substitutes” – which are being accounted for in recent spikes in poisonings and young ravers being rushed to emergency rooms.
‘Bath Salts’ and other similar synthetic substances are known to produce horrible effects that include:
- Extreme agitation
- Violent behavior
- Panic attacks
- Irregular heartbeat and palpitations
- Intense anxiety & more…
The team of scientists surveyed young adults outside of dance clubs and festivals between July and September of 2015. The researchers asked them about their use of ecstasy and other drugs. Participants of the survey were asked whether they had knowingly used ecstasy – and also whether they had knowingly used any of 35 listed ‘bath salts’ or other novel drugs.
” Among those who reported no use of bath salts or unknown powders or pills, four out of ten tested positive for bath salts” – Dr Joseph Palamar, of NYU
Dr Palamar said: “Then, we asked the participants if we could snip a lock of their hair to test for new drugs such as bath salts. We collected hair samples from about a quarter of the survey sample to be tested for novel drugs.”
- In all, hair samples were provided by 48 participants who reported ecstasy use. Half of the samples tested positive for ecstasy. However, the other half tested positive for ‘bath salts’ or other psychoactive substances.
- The scientists determined that the most commonly detected ‘bath salts’ were butylone and methylone – which are common additives in ecstasy.
The doctor added: ‘A lot of people laughed when they gave us their hair, saying things like, “I don’t use bath salts; I’m not a zombie who eats people’s faces”. ‘Yet our findings suggest many of these people have been using “bath salts” without realizing it.’
“As Molly is becoming a much riskier substance, I really hope that those who decide to use educate themselves about what they’re doing.”
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