It’s official: Australia has the least pure MDMA in the world

The sky is blue. The Pope’s a Catholic. And Australia officially has the worst MDMA in the world.

A new study examining the contents of over 25,000 ecstasy pills from around the globe has named Australians the partiers most likely to pop a dodgy pinger. That news might not shock you, but just how bad our purity problem is should: according to research from the American Addiction Centre (AAC), only 16.1 per cent of pills sold in Australia tested as pure MDMA.

That’s a figure way lower than the five other countries the AAC tested. Pills in the Netherlands tested as 68.8 per cent pure MDMA, while UK clubbers have a 40.5 per cent chance of getting what they paid for. Ranking second last in the study was Canada, where only 25 per cent of pills tested contained pure MDMA.

Other substances likely to be in your pill include everything from MDXX (a chemical structurally similar to MDMA) to speed, ketamine and piperazine, an amphetamine-like stimulant. A concerning 24.3 per cent of Australian pills, however, tested for “unknown” substances. The AAC say that while “most” pills sold as ecstasy contain at least some MDMA, the second most common ingredient couldn’t be identified.

That’s especially bad news given the Australian government still refuse to allow pill-testing at festivals. “Pure ecstasy includes a single ingredient: MDMA. Anything else has been modified to include other, sometimes deadly, chemical components,” the AAC explain. It’s those ‘other’ ingredients that cause trouble: “increased mortality rates have been due to ecstasy cut with more than just MDMA, in many cases, unbeknownst to those taking the drug.”

You can see some of the AAC’s stats below, and head here for the full report.