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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, DN.Y., advised her Instagram followers to test drugs for fentanyl before using them, especially MDMA, also known as ecstasy.
“Surprise! Supply chain also affects drugs,” reads the Instagram story on the AOC account.
“Studies show that nearly HALF of ecstasy pills contain no MDMA at all. The biggest risk to look for is fentanyl,” Ocasio-Cortez said.
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The Instagram story is linked to a guide from the New York Department of Health titled “HOW TO TEST YOUR DRUGS USING FENTANYL TEST STRIPS,” which outlines how to test narcotics for the deadly drug. Fentanyl is frequently present in heroin, cocaine, crack and ketamine.
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“Knowing whether the medications you are considering use contain fentanyl can reduce your risk of overdose,” said the guide said.
The guide gives instructions for several methods of testing medications, including dissolving them in water and using a dipstick, which are available at many nonprofit needle exchange programs. “After testing your medications this way, you can drink them, snort them using a clean nasal spray, or wait for the water to evaporate to use them,” the guide says.
MDMA is a Schedule I drug according to the Drug Enforcement Agency, meaning there are “no currently accepted medical uses and a high potential for abuse.” Marijuana, however, is also listed as a Schedule I drug, although many states have legalized it for recreational or medical use. All other narcotics listed in the NYC Guide are illegal under the Controlled Substances Act.
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“Although the US federal government has a strict abstinence-only legal approach, the reality is that there are people who choose to use drugs or struggle with addiction. Harm reduction allows us to keep people safe and to tell those who engage: TEST YOUR DRUGS!” AOC said in his Instagram post.
Ocasio-Cortez has long advocated the relaxation of US drug laws for medical research as potential treatments for conditions such as PTSD or depression.
“For a very long time, the United States has had and continues to maintain outdated and old drug war provisions,” Ocasio-Cortez told the House in 2021. “MDMA helps some vets with PTSD” , she said later. tweeted.
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Fentanyl is a deadly drug responsible for a spike in overdose deaths in the United States in recent years, and is most commonly smuggled through America’s southern border.