As we await the official cause of death for the two Electric Zoo attendees last month, Gothamist reports that authorities are now examining the possibility that the fatalities were caused, not by molly, but by a chemical similar to bath salts.
According to the New York Post, a 20-year-old boy from Staten Island died at a party in June after taking what he believed was molly, but turned out to be methylone, a toxic chemical that can produce relatively the same effects as MDMA.
Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget Brennan told the Post that New York is currently the site of a “proliferation” of methylone being sold to young ravers.
While bath salts are illegal in New York, methylone is not encompassed by this ban.
“We urgently need a law that would allow us to prosecute the sale of this deadly substance,” Brennan said. That law was actually passed in the last legislative session and is expected to be made official by Governor Cuomo in the near future.
“Kids think ‘molly’ is a pure, safe ecstasy, but it’s not,” a DEA agent tells the Post. “It’s not pure, it’s not safe and it’s not even ecstasy.”
Testing kits are being sold at dancesafe.org to help people determine what’s really in the pill or powder they just picked up.