Teens play ‘Russian Roulette’ with pills

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)–You`re about to find out the test results of a pill pushed on a Fox 2 intern.  We obtained the pill, during a Fox Files undercover operation at a St. Louis electronic dance party where participants often talked about wanting a drug called `molly`

‘Molly’ has been around for decades. It`s often thought to mean ecstasy.  But during our investigation, we found the users don`t really know what it is.  It`s like playing Russian roulette with an unknown drug.

The unknown pill was placed into the hand of a Fox 2 intern at a dance party this past September.  She didn`t ask for it and didn`t know what it was. Partiers were using the drug word `molly` which is code for ecstasy (MDMA)

We took the pill straight to the St. Louis County Toxicology lab for testing and notified the DEA.

Assistant Special Agent in Charge, James Shroba told us, “Honestly the sky is the limit with the fillers and the materials they`re using and passing it off as molly.”

Shroba says molly is often different, every time.

He explained, “If we don`t know what`s in itand we have to expend great resources to analyze and test these products then the user also doesn`t know and the seller damn sure doesn`t know what`s in it, because they`re getting a product, shipped in from Asia, with a chemical name this long, with a chemical name that they can`t even pronounce.”

A web site tracks a lot of the unknown drugs coming through electronic dance concerts.  The site called ecstasydata.org reveals test results, such as a reported molly that turned out to be methylone, a chemical reported as being in fake bath salt products.

Carissa Cornwell commented, “This whole molly, I mean, I don`t know what that means.”

Cornwell thinks users only think they know.  She began working with a group called DanceSafe after a friend nearly died.  She went on to say, “He thought he had taken ecstasy, and it was not ecstasy. It was 2c-b and cocaine.”

DanceSafe sets up testing booths in concerts like the one the Fox Files visited undercover.  She said, “Over this last summer, I would say about 70% of the samples that we tested, uhm were not MDMA.”  Reporter Chris Hayes followed up, “Can you give me some examples of what they turned out to be?” Cornwell answered, “A lot of cathinones, MDPV, methylone, methedrone, which is also what the media has called `bath salts.'”

DanceSafe did not make it to the St. Louis event.  She said a chapter here dissolved several years ago.  Cornwell said their mission is not to judge users, but to educate them.

Our pill tested positive for MDMA, ecstasy, without anything cutting it, which was a surprise to us, considering the recent record of molly pills being wild cards.

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