Today’s pop culture speaks of Molly openly as if it’s a real person or a topic that is socially acceptable. Stars like Madonna, Miley Cyrus and Kanye West have all referenced Molly publicly, making this dangerous substance seem tame. Molly is the name given to the illegal stimulant street drug most commonly sold in pill form. It is being pushed as the pure powder form of MDMA, the primary chemical that makes up Ecstasy. This new form of Ecstasy known now as Molly is said to give user’s a lengthy, euphoric high with minimal hallucinogenic properties.
The dangers of the drug Molly are becoming more and more apparent as user’s are suffering overdoses and dying from taking this substance. In the summer of 2013 there was a rash of overdoses and a number of deaths due to Molly. According to the DEA, some states have seen a hundred fold increase in the number of combined arrests, seizures, E.R. mentions and overdoses on Molly between 2009-2012.
Many drug users are under the impression that this substance is not as dangerous as its predecessor Ecstasy which was typically cut with other substances like LSD, Ritalin, Caffeine, Meth, Procaine (local anesthetic), Ketamine (dissociative), Diphenhydramine (Benadryl) or Pseudoephedrine (antihistamine). However, most of the time the Molly that user’s believe they are taking is found to be something completely different when tested.
Currently, a majority of Molly and several other synthetic designer drugs being abused here in the U.S. and Europe are produced in chemical labs based out of China. A lot of people are being duped into believing they are taking Molly when eighty to ninety percent of the time it is actually something completely different. Because the user is taking a substance different than what they anticipated, the results can be deadly.
Recently, many deaths have been attributed to Molly. However, what was the substance the user really took? That remains to be seen.
August 31, 2013: A 23-year-old Syracuse University graduate and a 20-year-old University of New Hampshire student die after taking what they believed to be Molly during an electronic music concert in New York City.
That same weekend of August 31, 2013: A University of Virginia student dies at a rave in Washington, D.C. after taking what her friends believed to be Molly.
Days earlier in Boston: A 19-year-old woman died in a club and three concert-goers overdosed at the waterfront on what was believed to be Molly.
Just like its predecessor Ecstasy, Molly is sending thousands of users to the E.R. for help. Since 2004, E.R.’s have seen a 123% increase in cases involving MDMA (key chemical in Molly). As of 2011, the Drug Abuse Warning Network reported that there were 22,498 cases citing MDMA across the country.
What drug users fail to realize is that taking any illicit street substance is a huge gamble. You never really know what you are getting and how it will react with your body’s chemistry. Perhaps, by spreading the word about the dangers of Molly: how it is not a pure form of MDMA, that it is often a completely different substance than the Molly the user was looking to use and how so many people are losing their lives to this substance the rate of use will decline as it did with Ecstasy a decade ago.