Dancing with "Molly": The Facts behind the drug

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by John Cuoco

MILWAUKEE- Recently, the drug "Molly" has been surging in popularity across the United States.

Medical Professionals say it is a pure form of MDMA, the main chemical in Ecstasy.

"Molly" is popular in the dance scene among teens and people in their mid-twenties.

The Wisconsin Poison Center in Milwaukee said they have been seeing at least one to two cases a month related to "Molly," with about half ending up intensive care.

The complications associated with the drug include: Severe dehydration, muscle and liver break down, fever,dangerously low salt levels, and even death.

Over Labor Day weekend two young people died at the Electric Zoo concert in New York after taking fatal doses of the drug.

The third day of the show was then canceled.

Dr. David Gummin, with the Poison Center, called "Molly" a toxic time bomb even after the initial effects.

CBS 58 spoke with a "Molly" user who said many of the issues surrounding the drug come from young people being careless, taking too many doses, and not knowing what they are really patting in their bodies.

The Drug Enforcement Administration said that often times "Molly" is cut with other drugs or synthetic drugs like bath salts.

The "Molly" user said there are ways to test the quality of the drug.

The DEA said the drug usually comes in from overseas, typically China, and then it is broken down into a retail level so it can be sold at festivals, clubs, and bars.

Officials say the cheap nature of "Molly" appeals to the younger crowd.

According to the DEA, a single hit can go for $5 to $10.

They advise that education is the best defense for keeping kids off "Molly."

“If your kid or your roommate comes in hours after you were expecting them to, looking as though they’ve been through the washing machine, then there’s a good chance that they spent the night out with Molly or one of her kindred,” Dr. Gummin said.
 
He added that, if you don’t see them until the morning after, other than being washed out, there’s nothing specific about the appearance that could allow one to determine what they’d been up to.

The DEA said parents and families should talk to their loved ones about drugs in general.

Information from the DEA: http://www.justice.gov/dea/index.shtml

Wisconsin Poison Center

Entire Interview with the DEA.

 


 

 

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