In 2012, the United States Customs and Border Protection reported 2,670 confiscations of MDMA, a major increase from 186 in 2008. Since 2004, there has been a 123 percent rise in emergency room visits due to MDMA ingestion.
Meanwhile, Eventbrite, an online domain which offers ticketing services for event organizers to sell, promote and publicize various shows and festivals, has seen ticket sales for electronic dance music festivals quadruple in the last year.
Many of the 300,000 guests who attended Ultra Music Festival in Miami this past year were stunned to learn that the massive event was celebrating its 15th anniversary. But only in the last decade, Ultra Music Festival has seen a growth of 50% in attendees, leading the event to add a third day of festivities.
It is apparent that while the popularity of electronic dance music has exploded in the last few years, so has the use of MDMA.
Why has molly exploded? Is the use of the drug growing because electronic dance music is becoming trendier than ever before? Or is it simply a coincidence that there is a visible correlation between the growth of EDM and the increase of MDMA usage.
Recently, Electric Zoo, a New York EDM festival, cancelled its third day due to health concerns related to multiple cases of MDMA overdoses among festival goers.
So is EDM to blame for the death of 19 year old Shelley Goldsmith, who collapsed a few weeks ago in a Washington, D.C. nightclub after ingesting molly?
In an article featured in The Atlantic, titled "Electronic Dance Music's Love Affair with Ecstasy: A History", writer P. Nash Jenkins writes: "The idea of using MDMA [has] become a key commodity for the electronic music industry. Some of the biggest artists [are] making overt references to molly in their lyrics. In consequence, MDMA is now to EDM what Ciroc and fat blunts were to mid- 2000 rap: substances whose implications paint a picture of the scene.
But do EDM artists like Avicii, Steve Aoki or Hardwell actually encourage their fans to take MDMA? Or do party- goers simply take the drug in order to improve their experience and enhance their enjoyment?
Although MDMA use and electronic dance music have grown simultaneously in popularity, does it not seem awfully irrational to blame an entire genre of music for deaths and accidents related to the exploitation of MDMA?
What do you think about the strong growth correlation between MDMA and EDM? Who's to blame for increase in MDMA-related incidents, and why has the drug exploded in the last few years? Lets us know in the comments below.