If you're traveling to Ibiza this summer, be on the lookout for a drug that that is causing some pretty severe health problems on the EDM culture party mecca. It's called Methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV for short) and has been popping up through out the Balearic Islands, as well as the rest of Spain.
UK based electronic music publication Mixmag writes:
A nurse based in San Antonio told Diario De Ibiza that patients had to be restrained in their beds once admitted to hospital after taking the drug. She also said that it took up to eight police officers to hold down one man, who also bit one officer's hand.
MDPV is referred to by the media as 'bath salts', which is something of a catch-all term for MDPV, methylone and mephedrone, all designer drugs that are chemically similar to the plant khat and have made it onto the street as part of the legal highs boom.
Too much MDPV can induce violent behaviour, paranoia and panic attacks. In other words, it can make you go pretty crazy, which is what seems to have been happening to some ravers who have taken it in Ibiza over the last week or so.
For reference, Khat is a slow growing plant found in the Middle East and Africa. It's use (commonly by chewing or ingested in a tea form) causes a stimulant effect similar to that of amphetamine. Khat is a controlled substance in the United States.
There is no word on whether or not this drug is being passed off as "molly" or "MDMA". There is some speculation from Ibiza police that drug dealers are testing out the drug's popularity on the island.