The drug “molly” has recently come into the spotlight due to some recent deaths at a New York electronic music festival, Electric Zoo. This past week, the drug has been all over the media and blogosphere. Here are some common misconceptions being reported, as well as some important facts for families.
Myth #1: “This is a new drug.”
While many may not recognize the name ‘molly,’ they will certainly recognize its other name: ecstasy. While “molly” is a newer form, the drug MDMA (3,4-methylenedioxy-N-methylamphetamine), has been around since the early 1900s. Molly typically comes in powder or crystalline form, where as ecstasy is typically found in pill form.
One reason for the increased popularity of the drug is due in part to pop culture. Rappers like Kanye West and Lil Wayne have made reference to this drug, as well as teen pop idol Miley Cyrus, who reportedly makes reference to the drug in her new song, “We Can’t Stop.”
Myth #2: “It’s safer than other drugs.”
Many believe that because molly is considered a purer form of ecstasy, it’s safer. This is not the case, as the drug is still cut (or mixed) with other drugs during its refining process.
Even if someone gets their hands on actual, pure MDMA, it still has high risks, such as body temperature disfunction. Deaths have been reported due to cases of MDMA-induced hyperthermia.
Myth #3: “The side effects of molly really don’t last long.”
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, “the reported undesirable effects [can last] up to one week post-MDMA or longer.” These side effects can include: restlessness, irritability, thirst, lack of appetite, aggression, sadness and anxiety.
Myth #4: “Drinking lots of water makes the drug safer.”
One side effect of MDMA or molly is hyperthermia and dehydration. Unfortunately, many under the influence of this drug cannot regulate their water intake. Because this drug can keep the body retaining water, some drink enough to qualify for water intoxication. Water intoxication occurs when someone consumes too much water, leading to an imbalance of electrolytes – which can be fatal.
While molly may seem safer than other drugs due to its reputation of being pure, drug, it’s still a street drug that can pose life-threatening effects.
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