Partiers in Ibiza expecting to buy what I assume to be MDMA or other stereotypical party drugs on the island were in for a rude awakening recently as they were sold Methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV) instead, the same substance that is thought to have caused a man to bite the face off of another man in Miami a few years back.

MDPV, along with designer drugs such as methylone and mephedrone, is often referred to by the media as ‘bath salts’ and is notable for inducing violent and unusual behavior, panic attacks, hallucinations, and paranoia, all of which have been experienced in Ibiza since MDVP started making an appearance.

After consuming the drug, patients had to be restrained in their hospital beds, according to a San Antonio nurse. One man, who needed eight police officers to hold him down, reportedly bit the hand of one of the cops.

“Methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV) has now made it to the Spanish holiday island of Ibiza, where in the space of four days hospital staff treating tourists on the drug have felt more like they were dealing with a cannibal or a zombie than a patient.” – The Local

According to The Local, dealers in Ibiza are first testing out the popularity of the drug amongst party-goers before mass shipping it to the island.  As the head of Ibiza’s anti-drugs squad told Radio Ibiza, “Our hope is that it was just a small batch and has now been consumed.”

While it is not clear whether or not the tourists knew they were buying MDPV or were under the impression it was more of a “Molly” substance, it is important to remember safety, especially while vacationing. Even if something is marketed as “Molly”, “Molly” is more often than not a drug cocktail that can contain various harmful substances.

The only way to know what you are taking is through a testing kit. Be smart. Test your substances before you consume, and know what you are putting into your body.

It’s all about responsibility – be safe while you party.