Molly. It sounds extremely harmless and reminiscent of a childhood friend or the girl next door. Unfortunately this couldn’t be further from the truth as “Molly” is sweeping through college campuses around the country and ruining lives with addiction before they can even begin. So, what is it? To explain in short, “Molly” is a reinvention of what is commonly referred to as ecstasy. This substance, commonly known as the party drug, was extremely popular with teens and college-age students in the early 2000’s. Ecstasy is typically laced with unknown substances and masked by bright coatings and graphics printed on top such as rainbows and stars. Because of the child-like packaging and outrageous effects, its dangers were often overlooked, claiming the lives of many teens that used the drug at parties and raves, mixed with alcohol, causing fatal overdoses.
Molly, seemingly the modern version of ecstasy, is perceived by users as a ‘cleaner’ version of its predecessor. The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) thinks otherwise, as recent overdoses revealed that many times, molly is laced with unknown chemicals that cause unanticipated disastrous results to the user. Sometimes mixed with cocaine or amphetamines, the user never really knows what they are ingesting.
According to a recent article by ABC News, “Fact Check: How Dangerous Is Molly, the New ‘It’ Drug,” the biggest danger surrounding molly is the way it affects one’s body temperature. Usually taken in a party atmosphere mixed with alcohol, molly can raise temperatures so high that without proper hydration can result in failure of the liver and kidneys as well as seizures, which can be fatal.
The biggest development about Molly and modern drugs relates to those that sell it. Typically, we associate drug dealers with hardened criminals. Rough looking mid-30 males with a criminal record, right? Wrong. College students, including 20-year-old seemingly innocent girls and honor students are selling molly to friends to make extra money or using it themselves to escape the stresses of school. It is possible it has always been this way, but we, as a culture, have never had so much insight into this truth until now.
If this is your first time to hear about molly, we encourage you to research the drug further and seek help for those in your life that may be struggling with addiction.