Popular “Molly”: Do Kids Realize It’s a Potent, Unregulated Drug?


The increasingly popular drug called Molly is another name for MDMA or Ecstasy, says the Orlando Sentinel. It’s similar to the same drug Gen X-ers used at raves in the ’90s and early ’00s, but it’s purer and said to be much more potent. So potent that a New Hampshire college student died over dosing on it recently, and several other deaths have been attributed to the chemical.

Anyone who takes the drug experiences a rush of “positive feelings” because the drug elevates the amount of the mood regulator serotonin in the brain. The effect can last for hours. A big worry for doctors and parents is that some kids think Molly/MDMA/Ecstasy isn’t addictive or dangerous. Since it looks like a pill, they think, somebody must’ve produced it and regulated it. That’s not the case. Molly is as unregulated as other illegal drugs, and there’s no way for kids who buy it or receive it to tell whether they’ve received a bad batch whether their bodies simply won’t tolerate it.

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