Ecstasy or molly sold in the United States is reportedly less pure than its counterpart sold in Europe, according to a report from The Guardian. Whereas Europe has a high quantity of highly potent ecstasy, pills or powder in the United States often have little or no MDMA.
"According to data collected from a range of sources, anywhere between 30% and 60% of what is being sold as molly or ecstasy in the USA is not in fact MDMA," reports The Guardian.
The pills in the United States often have other synthetic materials such as methylene, butylone, ethylone (aka bath salts), as well as other drugs such as ketamine, methamphetamine, PMA and flakka. Less dangerous ingredients, such as aspirin and caffeine, are also often found in the ecstasy pills.
"We don't really see MDMA any more," a Drug Enforcement Agency spokesman told the newspaper.
The paper reports the mix of ingredients stems from factors such as an increased number of recreational drug users and a harsher drug policy making it difficult to import the correct ingredients.