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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Molly: Popular Amongst Middle-Aged Professionals

MDMA has been a popular drug amongst teenagers and young adults, found mostly at dance clubs and festivals. In the past Ecstasy, the street name for pills of MDMA, was the drug people asked for in those circles. Now people are using MDMA in powder form, known as Molly, thought to be pure MDMA by its users. Molly has become popular amongst middle-aged professionals, according to a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agent who spoke with NBC.

“They’ve sort of bought into this marketing plan by the criminal organizations that this is pure MDMA.  It’s as if it has some sort of organic value and, unfortunately, it’s anything but organic and pure,” says David Dongilli of the Philadelphia Division of the DEA.

MDMA is being mixed with all sorts of other substances by those selling the drug, Dongilli said. The more any drug is cut, the better the margins from the sellers point of view; unfortunately, the cutting agents can be extremely dangerous to the user.

“What you have are people ingesting rat poison, methamphetamine mixed with cocaine, acids and any other chemical that they can get together in pill form or some sort of crystallized [form], and sadly people are ingesting this and dying from it,” he said.

What’s more, Molly has proven difficult to track, rarely showing up in drug screens, so it is hard to tell how many are using the drug, according to Dr. Jeanmarie Perrone, Director of the Division of Medical Toxicology in the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania’s Emergency Department.

Health risks can include:
  • Increased Heart Rate
  • Seizures
  • Involuntary Teeth Clenching
  • Loss of Inhibitions
  • Transfixing on Sights and Sounds
  • Nausea
  • Blurred Vision
  • Chills
  • Sweating
Molly has become more popular a more popular recently with college students due to music stars like Madonna, Miley Cyrus and Kanye West singing about the drug.

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