​Dangerously strong ecstasy reported ahead of festival season

A recent report by KnowYourStuffNZ, a harm reduction service
out of New Zealand, states that dangerously strong ecstasy is
currently in circulation ahead of the country’s festival

KnowYourStuffNZ founder Wendy Allison wrote an article on
The Spinoff outlining that only 20 per
cent of ecstasy actually contained MDMA in the past , but that
figure has increased significantly this year. Now 75 per cent
contains MDMA with many pills possibly containing multiple

“Our technology (reagent testing and FT-IR spectroscopy) cannot
measure dosage,” writes Allison, “but if content analysis shows
mostly MDMA in a heavy pill, we can make an educated guess that
a larger than usual dose of MDMA may be present. This season
we’ve seen several pills weighing up to 580mg in which the main
ingredient is MDMA, suggesting potentially two to three times
the average dose.”

Allison has also outlined specific pills to avoid, including
“green guccis”, “yellow rolexes” and “pink porsches”.
Specifically with regards to “pink porsches”, those who have
ingested it have reported unpleasant experiences and testing
these suggests they may contain “dangerous pharmaceutical
agents” as well as a high dose of MDMA.

Find out more about KnowYourStuffNZ here

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