New Yorkers Could Be Taking Dangerous Novel Drugs In Pubs And Clubs

New Yorkers Could Be Taking Dangerous Novel Drugs In Pubs And Clubs
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New Yorkers who enjoy partying could be unknowingly taking life-threatening substances in the name of “party drugs” like MDMA and LSD, says researchers from the New York University (NYU).


Joseph Palamar, an assistant professor of Population Health at NYU, conducted a survey in tens of hundreds of clubs as well as party attendees in New York. He also collected data from New York poison control centers. Palamar questioned about 200 different drugs with party-going people aged between 18 and 25, according to Business Insiders India.

As a result of his research Palamer observed that people consumed “novel drugs” with or without knowing that they are talking in newly synthesized drugs designed to mimic the existing ecstasy drugs. He also found that about 40 percent of people who took those substances knew that the stuff contained other drugs, whereas 54 percent of users suspected the fact.

Palamar said, “It is hard to figure out if people are using it intentionally. A lot of the time people don’t know what they have taken. I’m relying on self-reporting,” He also added, “These new synthetic cathinones, like bath salts, we don’t know anything about them. We have a new bath salt coming out every couple of weeks. We might have an idea of how the drug works but we really don’t know how each specific drug works,” as reported Business Insider Australia.

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Palamar said that the ecstasy found in pubs and clubs are way too different from the usual one. He added that he is worried that the usual drugs are being replaced by novel drugs that people have no idea about. The drugs used widely by hard-partying people include MXE, NBOMe, and “Flakka” or bath salts, noted Palamar.

“To be able to better identify these drugs, maybe allow some sort of drug testing to go on. Instead of arresting users, test people on these drugs,” said Palamar. “This whole attitude of ‘if you get caught possessing a drug you’re under arrest,’ I don’t think that’s working. We’re going to have a lot of deaths, we already have a lot of deaths. We need some sort of drug checking to be allowed,” suggested the researcher.