The Young Turks: NY University Analyses ‘Molly’ Drug, Finds It’s Cut with ‘Bath Salts’

Okay, this isn’t anything to do with politics, but it is very important. In this video from The Young Turks, Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian discuss the finding of New York University that about 40 per cent, or nearly half of the ‘Molly’ ingested by students in a study sample of 48, was not pure, as its advocates boasted, but was cut with a range of substances, including ‘Bath Salts’.

Now for the rest of us not au fait with contemporary drug culture, Uygur and Kasparian explain that ‘Molly’ is the word for a rebranded version of MDMA, or Ecstasy. That drug that all the ravers were on back in the 1990s, and which caused a hoo-ha in the media. This is supposed to be a pure form, so that its users don’t get all the nasty side-effects of the original. Remember the mad cycle courier in the 1990s comedy series, Spaced, written by Simon Pegg and Jessica Stevenson? The joke there was that he’d had a few tabs too many, and so suffered from terrible unpredictable mood swings, and was likely to go off raving (as in dancing to rave music, not shouting madly) at the slightest impulse. At the end of one episode they show the character stuck on a zebra crossing, dancing to the rhythm of the traffic lights.

Unfortunately, ‘molly’ isn’t pure. It’s cut with ‘Bath Salts’. This is the very nasty legal high that resulted in a horrible case. One guy in America got high on it and literally ate another man’s face. It sounds unbelievable, but it’s true. You can look it up. The Turks state that a lot of people say they don’t trust corporations, because they’re out to make a profit, but then say that their dealer wouldn’t do anything like that. ‘Says the stupidest person alive’, as Uygur comments. Dealers are out to make a profit, and they will cut it with whatever they can to make it cheap. It doesn’t necessarily mean that everyone who takes it will become a cannibal and ‘eat somebody’s face off under a bridge in Florida’, but it does mean there’s a severe health risk.

In other words, don’t take it. You don’t know what’s in it.

I don’t agree with the Turks’ libertarian attitude. They’d like to see drugs legalised, and then regulated, so that if you did take the drug, you’d know what you were getting. People, who take this drug genuinely believe that they’re taking a legal high that won’t damage them, when the truth is, it will. But with that caveat, I’m reblogging this as we do have a problem with legal highs in Bristol. People have died after taking the ‘Plant food’, which is the name under which some of these are sold.

So, if you are into this kind of stuff, be warned: it’s potentially dangerous. Be safe and avoid.

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