The 411 on Molly Drug Abuse
This is the first article in a three part Investigative Report on Molly Drug Abuse. Molly is a synthetic party drug that is hugely popular among teens and young adults.
Inspirations for Youth and Families will share an interview with a teen about her Molly addiction and abuse. And the teen girl provides us with a wealth of information about Molly. But before we dive deep into the interview here’s the 411 on Molly.
What is Molly?
Molly is illegal to buy, sell or use. It is both mood-altering and a stimulant. Molly is often used at festivals, concerts, clubs and raves,
It’s chemical name is a mouthful. Molly is know in the chemistry world as methylenedioxymethamphetamine. But it’s more common namesake is MDMA — which is also the active ingredient in the party drug Ecstasy. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) considers MDMA to be a Schedule I substance. This means it has a high potential for abuse, and no acceptable use in medical treatment.
How is Molly different than Ecstasy?
While Ecstasy frequently combines other dangerous drugs — including amphetamines, ketamine, or even LSD — Molly supposedly constitutes pure MDMA. However, this is a falsehood as public authorities believe it only contains anywhere from 8% to 13% of actual MDMA. Molly costs roughly $30 to $50 a dose.
What’s Molly’s dangerous side-effects?
The DEA notes that Molly’s side-effects include extreme confusion, anxiety, depression, paranoia, sleep disorders, and addiction. Also, the drug can cause muscle tension, tremors, involuntary teeth clenching, muscle cramps, nausea, faintness, chills, sweating, and blurred vision.
DEA warns of organ failure after high doses of Molly
The DEA reported that high doses of Molly can interfere with the ability to regulate body temperature. This can result in sharp increases that can cause hyperthermia and lead to liver, kidney and cardiovascular failure. Severe dehydration often results from the combination of the drug’s effects. Also teens and young adults use Molly at concerts where there is poor ventilation. This can contribute to a rise in body temperature as well.
What does Molly do to your body?
Molly is a stimulant that produces feelings of euphoria, intimacy and abnormally high levels of physical energy. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) says these feelings result when Molly binds to serotonin transporters. This alters the brain’s neurochemistry. From a psychological standpoint, this can cause (temporary) heightened perceptions, elevated mood levels, a reduced appetite and a prolonged burst of energy.
What does Molly look like?
Molly comes in various forms including tablets, powder and rock crystals.
How Teens use Molly?
There are many ways people take Molly. These include: swallowing it, dissolving it in a liquid and drinking it, crushing it and snorting it, and injecting it.