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Super scientific study finds which drugs are most prominent at music festivals

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When Jay Z rapped in 2009, “MDMA got you feeling like a champion/The city never sleeps, better slip you a Ambien” in his ode to his hometown New York, he probably didn’t consider that six years later, Molly would be most prominent in Las Vegas.

A study conducted by DrugAbuse.com did the people’s work in determining which drugs were used most at particular music festivals, producing fun results and a clean infographic, via Billboard. The research was conducted in March on Instagram posts, sifting through posts that mentioned a particular vice. For example: Electric Daisy Carnival boasted 42.99 percent filter or filterless (team #nofilter) posts with MDMA/Molly/ecstasy mentions. Coachella heads must love alliteration, because 12.39 percent of posters mentioned cocaine. Shockingly, Marley Fest cornered the marijuana image market at 82.04 percent. Even more of a shock: Burning Man led the way for five of the 10 counted illicit substances.

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