Miami's TestSure Helps Partiers Check the Purity of Their Molly, Cocaine, LSD

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Via justice.gov

Where's Molly?

Wrong question, party people.

It's a ridiculous myth that any drug purchased on the street advertised as "real molly" is ecstasy in its purest form. That tab's more likely to be some mystery pill that could kill you.

So follow the advice of Miami's TestSure and try asking: What's in this crap?

See also: Ultra Ban on Miami City Commission Agenda

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Via TestSure.com
A selection of TestSure's drug test products.

With offices in Aventura and New York, TestSure "provides rapid field testing kits for people to be able to check substances on-site," explains cofounder Alek Cohen.

At $9.95 per box, a partier can check the purity of their molly, cocaine, LSD, GHB, even ketamine, using the same technology employed by many law enforcement agencies.

(It does, however, take three or four reagent tests to conclusively check MDMA. And currently, TestSure only sells one. So a single TestSure screen isn't 100-percent proof of purity.)

Essentially, Cohen and his partners have created a local equivalent to San Francisco's DanceSafe, the longtime rave community public health organization that's provided drug education and testing supplies since 1998.

"Aside from selling the kits, we also want to do some non-profit stuff, like giving out tests to low-income communities and providing free learning sessions to potential drug users."

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Courtesy of TestSure
A TestSure airplane banner flying above Ultra 2014.

Officially launched during Ultra Music Festival 2014, the company's street team passed out flyers and chatted with ravers streaming into Bayfront Park. And if you looked up into the sky, there was also an "AreYouMolly? Be Sure #TestSure" plane ad being flown.

"Now we don't promote drug use," Cohen insists. "We think you can enjoy music and festivals without being high. In reality, though, there will be drugs. People do what they like to do. So we want to give people the means and ability to make reasonable decisions.

"As much as 90 percent of what's on the streets is not real MDMA," the cofounder claims. "It's extremely difficult to get real MDMA right now, because government agencies are taking these materials off the market. And that might solve part of the problem.

"But there are manufacturers and dealers who are still exploiting the fact that people want to do these drugs when they go out to the club or a festival. And people are still trying to get molly. But instead, they end up taking something that might contain adulterants or poisons.

"We're part of the electronic dance community," Cohen explains. "We're fans of dance and music in general. But we see EDM culture being most taken advantage of. So that's where we're going to be most present, because we want to face the reality of drug use head on.

"Sometimes, it's taboo to talk about drugs. But we hope to get parents to address the subject with their kids. It's like sex. Kids are going to have sex. So you're going to talk to them about condoms.

"When there's drugs, there's TestSure. When there's sex, there's condoms.

"It's about safety."

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Kyle Awon
Kyle Awon

cant wait to try this at space

Tijuana Jackson
Tijuana Jackson

Dance safe, love and light test kits, both great companys aswell

Richard Chute
Richard Chute

It was called DanceSafe back then. They're still around but not in South Florida

Joseph Mazon
Joseph Mazon

I'm still trying to wrap my head around this concept. So, drug users get to test the substances they are using? What exactly does that say about our society in general? Do thieves then get the opportunity to get on a website and run their schemes through planning software? Do murderers then get the opportunity to consult with CSI before they kill someone? just to make sure they cover their bases? SMH people! Reality check!, If YOU use drugs and you die from it? TOO DAMM BAD. YOUR FAULT, We'll mourn you if we know you and if we don't ? We will be utterly indifferent to the newsreport. HARD TRUTH.

Jacinth Sherisse
Jacinth Sherisse

Can possibly help lives while destroying lives... Mixed feelings

Heather Rogerson
Heather Rogerson

I hope my daughter doesn't experiment as a teen , but face it you once were ! You did or others you know did. In the event my talks aren't a success this is a good thing to be sure they aren't ingesting rat poison drano bath salts etc . Even marijuana people put cocaine in it testing it is not condoning obviously they bought it anyhow.

Manny Perez
Manny Perez

Matthew Majkowski LEAVE THIS COUNTRY IF YOU THINK IT'S "SHIT"!

Alex Anico
Alex Anico

Dancesafe.org has been doing this for decades

Jorge Castellanos
Jorge Castellanos

Lol...."street drugs" So the pharmaceuticals are ok then right? Also, the great thing about a free country like the USA is that if you dont like it, you can always LEAVE

Moshe Simon
Moshe Simon

I should have invested in this company.

Travis Bland
Travis Bland

Everyone here forgets that people are going to do whatever they want. In that regard, it would be to the benefit of a nation to make sure they do not die or get sick or damage themselves. It is why we allow abortions through physicians. Some would still get them in back alleys if they were illegal, this way we can guarantee the safety of those involved.

Olivia Simpson Koudelka
Olivia Simpson Koudelka

People that feel the need to take street drugs, have serious issues that need addressing!

Russ Eavenson
Russ Eavenson

Kristine Gallagher Alex TheGreat Carrion Carmen Costomiris

William Wescott
William Wescott

Take a piece of the profit margin made at one of the festivals to give those testing kits out for free.

Jorge Castellanos
Jorge Castellanos

Dancesafe.org was good. Then again, everything was better back then. Mollies are a joke compared to those green mitsubishis circa 99'

Sean Ritchwood
Sean Ritchwood

haha carlos do YOU drink alcohol ? as if saying yes will make you any cooler.

Miami New Times
Miami New Times

Jojo, they still exist but not as large as they were back in the '90s and early 2000s.

rey0
rey0

They probably make their own shit 


moteclan
moteclan

Who is dumb enough to need to test pot..

Sean Ritchwood
Sean Ritchwood

orrrrrrrrrr you can simply not do any drugs and enjoy life for what it is ;P

Andrew Sager
Andrew Sager

True Justin, but actually not a bad thing. People will say they are condoning drug use, but it could save lives

Linda Cintron
Linda Cintron

I remember this being around when I got into the scene back in the 90's. Not sure if it's the same people running it but, it's definitely the same idea.

esreveR.M.Backwards
esreveR.M.Backwards

Why is this dumb? Noone can stop anothers decision to try a substance that may currently be illegal under their countries rules. What can be done is to help educate them on the dangers, the correct dosage, and  how to protect themselves. Alot of people blindly rush into w/o making an informed choice. How many people could have been saved if there were open areas where a person could, without fear, have their substance tested or test it at home. 

esreveR.M.Backwards
esreveR.M.Backwards

Old skool raves thru the nation used to bring in Dancesafe which would setup tables and the local authorities would not bother them or those who decided to use the service. In their mind it was taking a step to protect the people in attendance. 

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