Officials are warning teens and young adults about the dangers of synthetic drugs that contain unknown substances. One drug that has killed a number of teens in recent months is called Molly.
Molly is a club drug that is a pure form of MDMA, or Ecstasy. Drug sellers are now mixing the already dangerous substance with other drugs, namely “bath salts.”
According to The Partnership at Drugfree.org, this new combination of Ecstasy and bath salts make a dangerous concoction.
Jeff Lapoint, physician at Kaiser Permanente in San Diego, says that “Molly generally leads to feelings of empathy, but bath salts are potent stimulants and tend to induce paranoia and hallucinations. It’s like the worst combination: While they’re agitated, now they’re seeing things, too.”
Statistics of Molly Abuse
The use of Molly at raves and clubs has increased dramatically in the last 5 years, according to officials. In some states, there has been a 100-fold increase in the number of arrests, seizures, emergency room mentions and overdoses between 2009 and 2012, according to DEA figures. The number of visits to U.S. emergency rooms involving MDMA has increased 123 percent since 2004, according to data compiled by the Drug Abuse Warning Network. In 2011, the most recent year on record, there were 22,498 such visits.
Many people mistakenly think Molly is safer than other club drugs. However, a number of incidents in the last few months have shown just how deadly Molly can be. At least four deaths over the summer and many more overdoses should serve as a strong warning for anyone considering abusing this drug.
Molly is just the latest drug to arrive on the club scene, and it is being glamorized by performers and celebrities as well. Parents and school officials must continue to warn young adults about the dangers of drugs like Molly. If you are someone you know is struggling with a drug addiction, encourage them to seek treatment immediately.