FYI: Is Ecstasy Safer When It's Purer?

Monday, April 22, 2013 - 13:24 in Health & Medicine

Ecstasy DEAIs pure MDMA "absolutely" safe, as a Canadian health official claimed last year? Last summer, British Columbia's top health official caused an uproar when he called the risks of MDMA -- the synthetic amphetamine sold as ecstasy -- overblown. According to CBC News: Provincial Health Officer Dr. Perry Kendall says while the pure form of the drug has been proven safe in controlled clinical trials by psychiatrists, the type of ecstasy sold on the street is laced with potentially dangerous impurities. Ecstasy is one of a few names for MDMA, or 3,4-methylenedioxy-methamphetamine, the popular dance drug banned in the U.S. in 1985. The term ecstasy typically refers to the drug in a pressed pill form that might be laced with other substances besides MDMA. It also goes by the name molly, a powder or crystal form of MDMA that has a reputation for being "pure" MDMA, and thus, safer....

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