How can I tell if my molly or ecstasy contains MDMA?


Since MDMA is currently illegal and therefore not regulated, it is very difficult for an individual user to be 100% certain what’s in any given dose. Drug checking, also known as pill testing or adulterant screening, is a harm reduction service that allows users to get more information about what is in their molly or other drugs. It can be done in several ways. The best way involves a precise, high- level testing method called gas chromatography / mass spectrometry (GC/MS). Individuals can send a sample in to for testing and wait 2 to 3 weeks for the lab results to be posted online. These results will list all substances present in the sample with complete accuracy.

There are also personal drug checking kits, which use liquid chemical reagents to help potential users get a better understanding of what’s in their substance. These kits come with a color chart that helps people determine what drug (if any) is mostly present in the substance they’ve tested.

Users should also know that these kits, while not considered illegal under federal laws, can be considered drug paraphernalia depending on how a state’s law is written. Nonetheless, we do recommend them as the most accessible and quick screening tool.

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Shelley's Story

Shelley’s Story

Shelley Goldsmith was 19 when she died after taking MDMA and going to a club in DC. Her mother, Dede Goldsmith, believes her death may have been preventable if drug education and harm reduction services were more widely available and accepted.

Learn more about Dede’s campaign and the work of DPA’s Music Fan program to promote compassionate, health-based responses to drug use at festivals, concerts and clubs.

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