Molly is a drug that is not really new, but its popularity is growing and it is causing dangerous problems for users. Short for “molecule”, Molly is the powder or crystal form of MDMA, the main chemical found in the drug Ecstasy.
Molly is considered to be a purer version of MDMA than Ecstasy, which is often combined with methamphetamine and other ingredients. This drug is also considered to be more potent and dangerous than many other drugs, yet it is being used and abused by relatively young 16 to 24 year olds. MDMA has some serious side effects, causing confusion, anxiety, paranoia, sleeplessness, drug cravings, and depression. Users experience muscle cramps, nausea, chills, blurred vision, and tremors. Long term use of MDMA can lead to liver, kidney, and cardiovascular failure.
The abuse of MDMA is on the rise.
In 2009, fewer than 4% of emergency room visits were a result of MDMA use, but that number was a 123% increase from the statistics in 2004. The DEA has categorized MDMA as a Schedule I controlled substance, meaning it has a high potential for abuse and has no known medical uses.
Because MDMA, or Molly, is often used by young people in raves and parties, these individuals are at risk for additional dangers. The hot, crowded condition of these parties, combined with the drug use, can cause severe dehydration and extreme exhaustion. MDMA causes a sense of euphoria, and has been known to diminish anxiety. Users often rely on MDMA to relax at raves and to be more popular among friends. However, the altered mental state that the drug puts users in puts them at risk for accident, injury, and unsafe sex. Those who abuse drugs like Molly when out with people they don’t know make poor decisions about their safety and put themselves in situations that they would normally know to avoid. It is unfortunate, but many young people, ignorant of the dangers of drugs like MDMA, find themselves in circumstances they are unprepared for.
Young people need to know the details about drugs like Molly so that they can make the choice to avoid them. While many teens and young adults use drugs like MDMA in order to have a better experience at parties and raves, most don’t really know the danger they are bringing upon themselves. It is up to parents, teachers, and other adults to ensure their kids know how to stay safe and avoid these drug trends.