18 Jun ‘Molly’ Is Not a Good Friend
A synthetic drug called “Molly” is attending teen parties and meeting up with youths at clubs and concerts. Some believe this drug is safer to take than the drug ecstasy, but it comes with dangerous side effects that have sent many teens to emergency rooms across the country.
Molly is a powder form of MDMA, the main chemical ingredient in ecstasy. Oftentimes it is distributed at venues where teens and young adults congregate—parties, concerts, and nightclubs. The psychoactive drug makes teens feel emotions from calm to energetic. It may make them feel euphoric and may distort their sensory experiences and their perception of time.
Teens who go out with friends and decide to meet Molly that night may be paying $8 to $25 to get high, according to the United States Drug Enforcement Administration.
The Highs and Lows of Molly
Part of Molly’s appeal to youth is how they move from euphoric to mellow moods. The highs and lows excite users, but chemically the drug is confusing body systems so that internally the body will not function properly and a part of it may even shut down.
Some teens only experience short-term side effects when using Molly:
- Blurry vision
- Memory loss
- Heavy sweating
- Muscle tension
- Rapid eye movement
Molly also has more dangerous and longer-term side effects for those who take high doses of it:
- Severe depression
- No appetite
- High fevers and very low body temperatures
Regulating Body Temperature
One of the most disturbing side effects of taking Molly is that it affects body temperature in such severity that a person could have an uncontrollable fever or even suffer hypothermia. If friends or family notice any signs of these symptoms in an adolescent, they should take them to the emergency room. As the body temperature dramatically climbs or lowers, the adolescent may quickly become dehydrated and needs immediate help. Organs like the liver, kidneys, and heart may be so chemically imbalanced that they begin to fail.
Some adolescents may only experience what they would say are harmless “highs” and “lows” of using Molly. But using any illicit drug is never harmless because it is unpredictable and each body system will react in a different way.
Substance Abuse Causes Other Mental Health Issues
Scientists stress that once the body is chemically imbalanced by synthetic drugs, it can interfere with the body’s moods so severely that it can cause mental health disorders.
Synthetic drugs affect the dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin levels in the brain. These neurotransmitters regulate mood. When drugs like Molly deplete those levels, users can suffer mental health problems like depression.
Molly might appear at any gathering where there are teens, but she is not to be trusted.
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