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New Drug Trend ‘Molly’ Is Not Your Teen’s Friend

Posted on December 7, 2011 in Research & News

If you hear your teen mention “Molly,” don’t assume they have a new friend in their life. The innocent-sounding name may be a reference to an old drug that is making a comeback among teens.

The Purest Form of Ecstasy

Slang for “molecular,” Molly is marketed as the purest form of Ecstasy. Its main components can include MDMA, 4-Methylmethcathinone (4-MMC), 4-Methyl-N-Ethylcathinone (4-MEC), methamphetamine, ketamine and other drugs. The chemical make-up varies dramatically and users can never be certain what they’re taking. Some forms of Molly are made up of legal chemicals, which makes it difficult for law enforcement to take action when they find someone in possession of the drug.

Also known as Legal E, A2 or Legal X, Molly typically comes in a gelatin capsule filled with a whitish powder. Each pill costs around $15 to $25. Surveys show that the majority of teens have heard of Molly, especially those who frequent the rave party scene. It is readily available, in some cases over the Internet. Yet few teens understand the side effects and consequences of using Molly. Within four to six hours, users report:

  • Increased alertness
  • Heightened senses
  • Feeling of being in constant motion
  • Hallucinations (in larger doses)
  • Feeling excessively cold (hyperthermia)
  • Elevated heart rate and body temperature

Once the high wears off, teens may suffer from severe depression, fatigue, panic attacks and electrolyte deficiencies. Over time, users can crave larger amounts of the drug. Pure MDMA can be psychologically addictive, and the various chemicals often cut with MDMA can result in both physical and psychological dependence.

Molly attracts people, especially teens, who are reluctant to try “hard drugs” like heroin or cocaine but who are curious about the drug’s effects. More teens and young adults from the suburbs are entering drug rehab for addictions to Molly, MDMA, Ecstasy and legal synthetic drugs.

Warning Signs of Molly Abuse

As a stimulant with hallucinogenic properties, the signs of Molly abuse may include:

  • Dramatic mood swings
  • Dilated pupils
  • Sweating
  • Agitation
  • Insomnia
  • Paranoia
  • Jaw clenching
  • Being more affectionate than usual
  • Loss of appetite or nausea
  • Psychotic episodes
  • Cognitive impairments

Protecting Teens from Drug Abuse

Given the variation in chemical make-up, Molly has the potential to be deadly. Many teens are unaware of the dangers of Molly abuse. Getting educated about the drug and its effects is the first step in protecting teens. As with other drugs, parents must keep the lines of communication open and take affirmative steps to stay involved in their teens’ lives. Once a teen is hooked on Molly, it can be difficult to quit without intervention from loved ones and professional help from a drug rehab center.

Molly has garnered the attention of the Drug Enforcement Administration, which worked in concert with other organizations to bust a drug trafficking ring in 2011. A group of 20 men and women ranging in age from 27 to 52 were arrested for distributing more than 100 kilos of Molly in New York, Florida, California, Texas, Virginia and other states. The conspiracy ring could face up to 20 years in prison and a million-dollar fine.

When law enforcement and loved ones make a concerted effort to prevent drug abuse, teens have a fighting chance. Molly is dangerous, but it is just the latest in an ever-growing number of drug threats. Stay alert to the newest arrivals on the teen drug scene and talk to your teen at every opportunity.

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