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Q: I saw your page that shows pictures of every type of E pill and what it contains. It raised a few questions in my mind.



If pills are tested and the results are publicly published, then dealers would hypothetically know which pills are tested as pure, and which ones are bunk. Couldn't they then just make bunk pills and imprint them as a Butterfly or a Plus Minus (or any other pill that is tested to be pure MDMA)?



That way, when I'm buying E on the street, and I see someone selling Butterflies, I would want to buy them because I read on Erowid that Butterflies are pure MDMA...But maybe the dealer has just made bunk and labelled it as a Butterfly to fool me.



Or am I just confused and not understanding the system? Please help!



Thanks --

Marina

A: Yes, it is quite possible that a single tablet could be pressed containing pure MDMA and sent in for testing. A batch of bunk pills could then be made with the same imprint and sold on the street. Test results are single pieces of data specific to the tablet which was submitted. Unfortunately, it is impossible to be sure of the contents of a street ecstasy tablet without testing each tablet.



Negative results (tablets containing multiple substances or chemicals other than MDMA) are relatively likely to be representative of a set of tablets that were sold on the street. This is one of the primary uses of the Ecstasy testing. People can check the database to see what tablets have been found to contain dangerous or undesireable chemicals and combinations.



Many people buy more than one tablet at a time (and/or have a group of aquaintances who all have access to the same tablets). In this case, a single tablet sent in is likely to be representative of the rest of the tablets from that same batch.



In the case you present, hopefully someone would send in a sample of the second batch of bunk butterfly tablets so the database would at least show that there were mixed results.
But you are right that there are many ways in which this type of testing can be "gamed" or compromised. Results should always be viewed as information about the specific tablet that was submitted for testing.



It would be nice if there were government testing programs in place as they would be better equipped to avoid this type of problem, but there aren't...so in the meantime, we do the best we can.


Asked By : marina
Answered By : fire
Published Date : 9 / 4 / 2004
Last Edited Date : 9 / 4 / 2004
Question ID : 3075

Categories: [ Chemical ID ] [ MDMA (Ecstasy) ] [ Drug Testing ]




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