EcstasyData.org is an independent laboratory pill testing program of Erowid Center. Launched in July 2001, its purpose is to collect, manage, review, and present laboratory pill testing results. The information is made publicly available to help harm-reduction efforts, medical personnel, and researchers. While some government agencies analyze pill contents, they choose to restrict the data they collect and make it private to law enforcement interests.
EcstasyData.org collects lab testing results from a variety of organizations, but primarily commissions its own tests conducted by Drug Detection Lab (DDL) in Sacramento. All samples submitted to EcstasyData are done so by mail and we have no physical, on-site analysis presence. We are also interested in helping other groups publish and manage their testing data. Please read a project update and contact us for more information.
EcstasyData is a project of Erowid Center. Erowid works with the testing laboratory to process submission, publish results, collect data from other testing organizations, develop software, fundraise, and maintain the EcstasyData.org website.
Erowid invests in pill testing in order to increase the quality of information available about psychoactive substances. Independent laboratory pill testing is the only information currently publicly available about the variety and identity of adulterants in street ecstasy tablets in the United States. Erowid believes the consistent collection and publication of this information is an important part of developing a foundation for appropriate public policies and emergency medical responses. The information is useful for families, teachers, lawyers, users, news agencies, law enforcement, and any other group that needs to know what is in the ecstasy which is increasingly available throughout the world.
Isomer Design began financial support for EcstasyData in August 2013. Isomer Design tracks the emergence of novel psychoactive substances to help reduce harm and misinformation associated with these drugs. Isomer Design supports independent lab testing of new psychoactive substances and is helping to sponsor testing of novel psychoactive substances through EcstasyData and other academic projects.
Isomer Design also supports harm-reduction and drug policy-reform organizations including the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition, Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Policy, MAPS Canada, Bluelight, and Drugs-Forum.
DanceSafe is a non-profit organization that manages a nationwide network of local chapters. They engage party, club, and rave attendees to increase awareness about the risks of taking ecstasy, including risks associated with adulterated and mislabeled pills.
DanceSafe sponsors testing by contributing directly to EcstasyData as part of its larger harm reduction protocol. They also encourage submissions of tablets and help bring the results to those in harm reduction communities. DanceSafe believes that pill testing is a necessary public health service to users, their families, and the medical professionals who treat them.
The founder of DanceSafe created a pill testing program in 1999, originally named the "Ecstasy Harm Reduction Project", which was eventually renamed "Dancesafe" as additional programs were added. Their testing program ran for two years (1999-2001) after which they contributed their past data to EcstasyData. DanceSafe provided results for more than 600 tablets as well as valuable assistance in transitioning testing to EcstasyData in 2001.
EcstasyData tests ecstasy tablets, powders, research chemicals, new pschoactive substances, and other street drugs through our DEA-licensed laboratory. Ecstasy/Molly tablets cost $40. Recreational drug powder/crystal/blotter costs $100. Pharmaceuticals, supplements and all others cost $150 per analysis.Learn more
Should the public have access to independent analysis of the products they consume?
The vast majority of analyses of over-the-counter, prescription, and recreational drugs are performed in secret with no independent oversite or review. No other historical record, free from politically-controlled agencies, is currently available in North America nor most other parts of the world.
EcstasyData, a project of Erowid Center, needs the support of professionals, students, parents, individuals with means, and small foundations for a total yearly budget of around $90,000 USD. Erowid Center's general budget and the co-pays we require fund most of this cost.Donate now