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Friday, December 4, 2009

Obama "Ecstasy" Pills Contain Zero Ecstasy

Posted by on Fri, Dec 4, 2009 at 9:04 AM

National media are flapping their wings and crowing about "ecstasy" pills that are shaped like the president's big ol' head. And when cops, who discovered the Obama heads in Texas, tell reporters what to write, the drug war scribes in MSM newsrooms diligently report it to the masses. Here's the Associated Press:

  • AP
Police in Palmview detained the driver after finding black tar heroin, cocaine, marijuana and several Ecstasy pills. Police say the Ecstasy was in brightly colored pills made to look like cartoon characters Homer Simpson, the Smurfs and even Obama.

Police spokesman Lenny Sanchez says the drugs look like a "vitamin for kids."

But the media appears to have this story wrong. The pills aren't ecstasy., which tests the composition of pills passed off as ecstasy around the country, has listed the ingredients of pills submitted earlier this year matching the description and appearance of those Obama tablets. "Analysis of the tablets by GC/MS revealed that the tablets contained BZP, TFMPP, and caffeine," reports. The site has info on three different colors of the same shaped pill—red, orange, and green—and none contain ecstasy, but all contain those three other drugs. The lab tests on the Obama pills come from the DEA.

So what are those drugs? BZP is a stimulant that cast one user into a 12-hour nightmare, and TFMPP is reported to have effects akin to acid. A news report this morning begins with this headline: "Police warn of dangerous BZP passed as ecstasy." But the media are practically promoting the Obama pills—which contain BZP that "can prove deadly in certain circumstances"—as ecstasy. (While it's possible that cops in Texas did discover pills in Texas that contained ecstasy (MDMA), it seems unlikely; the pills online appear identical to the ones cops found and has no record of any Obama pills that do contain ecstasy.)

The media's laziness on reporting this story is potentially dangerous. After reading these reports, which read like ads for Lucky Charms, people who want to do ecstasy could see these pills and buy them, having been told by the Associated Press that they are ecstasy. But they may be getting a more dangerous, especially if users don't know what they're taking.

The press does nobody favors by talking about how cute drugs are (particularly when there's an unregulated market, which allows underground drug manufacturers to taint and market drugs any way they want). This media blitz is practically an advertisement for ecstasy. Look how fun! "Ecstasy is known for a sense of elation, diminished feelings of fear and anxiety, and ability to induce a sense of intimacy with others," reports CBS. Look how pretty! (See above.) Look how funny! "Perhaps a good Election Day strategy to get out the vote?" says CBS. Har! Powerful drugs are hilarious, kids! But it's not really that hilarious to tell people something is ecstasy—or pot, or alcohol, or aspirin—and then slip 'em something else.


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I am a bad, bad man.
Posted by Dan Savage on December 4, 2009 at 9:20 AM · Report this
seandr 2
Good E rarely comes in pill form, and no, my avatar has nothing to do being a candy-raving E freak.
Posted by seandr on December 4, 2009 at 9:24 AM · Report this
Baconcat 3
So basically these make Texans spaz, ultimately are a let-down AND they turn out not to be what they advertised?

Sounds like they really do take after Obama.
Posted by Baconcat on December 4, 2009 at 9:28 AM · Report this
I always consult the AP before deciding what kind of drugs I want to do. Thank you for this insightful report.
Posted by Bohica on December 4, 2009 at 9:48 AM · Report this
Oh Baconcat you are so right.
Posted by Mugwumpt on December 4, 2009 at 9:54 AM · Report this
NaFun 6
A whole bunch of BZP/TFMPP pills have shown up in the past year that look like Homer or Bart Simpson, Transformers, Snoopy, Ninja Turtles, and Smurfs. Go check out the first 3 or 4 pages of to see them.
Thing is, these aren't round pills with a logo on them like the traditional ecstasy market, they're shaped more like Flintstones vitamins. This indicates that they're coming from the same supplier upstream who has the technology to do these kinds of presses.

Much street ecstasy is still pure MDMA, though you can see trends where people are trying to fool the reagent testing kits or trying novel presses to get customers. is one of only a couple organizations in the world doing this sort of lab analysis on street drugs. Consider sending them some money, it costs over $100 to test each pill.

Posted by NaFun on December 4, 2009 at 9:58 AM · Report this
By mainstream media you mean, of course,….
Posted by bigyaz on December 4, 2009 at 10:48 AM · Report this
From the headline, my understanding is that Obama's a ripoff drug dealer. Let's get 'im!
Posted by shabadoo on December 4, 2009 at 11:27 AM · Report this
razorclammer 9
Well, either 1)The media distorted the facts by changing a police report that was worded something like" a substance that resembled maijuana and some pills resembling ecstasy" to "marijuana and ecstasy" or 2) The police had already done lab testing on the evidence and concluded that the pills were, in fact ecstasy-- and the news reported correctly. The police do jump to conclusions sometimes, but would not charge anyone for drugs unless they tested and could show in a court what substance they were being charged for. The stranger is no less guilty in this case of spreading misleading info. However, the point that the AP is 'advertising' these pills is a good one- nobody should be taking them.
Posted by razorclammer on December 4, 2009 at 1:53 PM · Report this
NaFun 10
@9 More like the police assumed they were sold as ecstasy and that's all they needed. There have been no reports of pills of that shape containing the actual substance MDMA. Police don't care, because to them 'ecstasy' is anything sold as such on the black market.

Posted by NaFun on December 4, 2009 at 2:52 PM · Report this
Well, I just spent 10 minutes researching BZP and it doesn't sound like it is any more dangerous than MDMA. Which is not very dangerous. Soooo, no one is really being put in danger by the media not being able to distinguish between ecstasy and these mild-hallucinogenic-pseudo-speed pills.

But they do sound like fun.
Posted by ziptag on December 4, 2009 at 3:50 PM · Report this
Glossolalia Black 12
Ahhh... candy flips were fun back in the day.
Posted by Glossolalia Black on December 4, 2009 at 5:22 PM · Report this
Rev.Smith 13
"they're shaped more like Flintstones vitamins."

AFA email alerts telling parents to stop feeding their kids vitamins in 5... 4.... 3.... 2...

or,.. we could, you know, feed kids real , whole, foods in healthy portions...

Posted by Rev.Smith on December 6, 2009 at 2:59 AM · Report this
I recommend checking out for all your drug library, experience stories and data needs. :) They do good work, and have done good work for over a decade.
Posted by Quirkygrrl on December 8, 2009 at 10:09 AM · Report this
I Tried Trip2night for the first time last night around 9:30 pm. I started to feel effects around 11pm, effects lasted around 5 hours or more. Some of the effects were energy, dizziness, strong buzz like effects, euphoric feelings, happy, silly, and energy to dance all night long. The product made me horny, although that usually doesn’t take much.

I bought the product from The product came in a powder form with directions to add 1 scoop to fruit juice. I still have a lot left over for next week. For the amount I took; I think I will get around 9 servings out of one pack; although it says 20 servings on the directions.…
Posted by Edward Fung on December 27, 2009 at 9:29 PM · Report this
ecstasy or usually anything that is put in it is hardly dangerous. drugs you buy from the chemist and shop are more dangerous then most illegal drugs
ecstasy and pot are pretty harmless.
the government is just jealous because they can't tax it and therefore they are just making criminals (dealers) richer and richer everyday. it seems to me the government is on the criminals side not the victims.
Posted by tommy on January 1, 2010 at 5:06 PM · Report this
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those chemicals are extremely dangerous and far from the real deal. bet they r part of the romney campaign..... poision people so then they wont vote for obama
Posted by heddz on October 31, 2012 at 10:48 PM · Report this

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