Pure ecstasy includes a single ingredient: MDMA. Anything else has been modified to include other, sometimes deadly, chemical components. To understand how the purity of ecstasy has changed over the years, American Addiction centers analyzed more than 25,700 test reports of ecstasy from around the world.
According to the more than 25,700 records taken between 2005 and 2017 from PillReports.net, nearly half of the MDMA pills inspected were adulterated in some capacity. In some cases, ecstasy pills do not contain MDMA at all.
Pills and capsules filled with toxic substances masquerading as ecstasy can be just as dangerous. Due to the rise in popularity of ecstasy pills, some companies have even begun manufacturing testing kits to help protect users from ingesting unknown substances, like such festival in UK use, where recently concrete and pesticides were found in pulls.
According to data from PillReports.net, of the 25,725 pills sold as ecstasy in six countries, just over a third were pure MDMA. In countries like the Netherlands and U.K., these percentages were higher but never exceeded 69 percent.
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