What is this New Drug Tesla that Kids are Using?

I got a call from a reporter asking for a comment about a new drug kids are reportedly using called Tesla. The only problem is that there really is no drug Tesla. There is, however, MDMA pills (often called ecstasy on the street) that are circulating around the globe with the Tesla Motors corporate logo on it.

There’s a Lot of Punch to the Drug Tesla

The Loop, a UK based organization that tests drugs, tweeted that pills marked with the Tesla logo contain between 130-200 mg of MDMA. So how much MDMA is that? It’s a lot and can a lot of harm to people. A common dose for an average user is 75-125 mg and a large dose for someone is considered 110-150 mg. But, a very large does is anything over 200 mg. So, with these Tesla MDMA pills, the user is starting with a dose that is considered very strong.

There are Overdoses & Opiates With the Drug Tesla

There have been several reported overdoses with MDMA containing the Tesla logo. It’s common for users to take more than one pill at a time, so you can see how some of those OD’s might have taken place. There are also reports that some of the Tesla pills have tested positive for opiates (think drugs like heroin). No doubt that there are some unscrupulous manufacturers out there that are putting the Tesla logo on their product because of the hype (it will demand a higher price and move more product based on the hype).

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Drug Manufacturing

Keep in mind that these types of pills are made by people using equipment not made to produce pharmaceutical grade medications. Most of the manufacturing takes place in warehouses or private homes using chemicals obtained under suspicous circumstances and mixed using inadequate measuring devices (“a little bit of this and a little bit of that”).


Author: Keith Graves
Keith is the 2016 Narcotics Officer of the Year for the State of California and a prior winner of the MADD California Hero Award. Keith has been a Police Officer in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1990 and has years of experience as a Narcotics Detective and a Narcotics Unit Supervisor. Keith is a Drug Recognition Expert Instructor (IACP #3292) and teaches both the DRE course and the Drug Abuse Recognition Course. Keith has also taught at the Police Academy and has developed several drug courses for the California Narcotics Officers Association, California POST and California Colleges. Keith has held other assignments besides narcotics including Training Sergeant, Patrol Sergeant, COPPS Officer, Traffic Officer, and 20 years as a SWAT Team member and SWAT Team Leader. Keith has taught thousands of officers and businesses around the world about drug use, drug trends, compliance training and drug investigations. Keith earned a BA in Business Management from Saint Mary's College of California and a MA in Criminal Justice. Keith is the Founder and President of Graves & Associates, a company dedicated to providing drug training to law enforcement and private industry.

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