A 20-year-old college student, as she was dying at a New York dance music festival, told paramedics, "I just took six hits of Molly."
The name is innocent sounding but the drug is increasingly deadly. Molly, which is popular with teens and college students, has made international headlines recently after two died from suspected Molly overdoses at the music festival and others were sickened. Another person died late last month at Boston's House of Blues after reportedly taking Molly.
Molly is the shortened form of molecular, which refers to the pure crystalline powder drug from of the drug MDMA. It is often mixed with other powerful drugs like cocaine, heroin or meth or even caffeine. In pill form, MDMA is called ecstasy.
USA Today, Time magazine and London's Daily Mail are among the publications recently to write stories about Molly, which acts as both a stimulant and mind altering.
As more artists highlight Molly in their songs, more and more young people are using it. Miley Cyrus sings about "Dancing with Molly," in her latest hit, We Can't Stop. Rappers like Kanye West and Trinidad James also have highlighted it.
And parents should know their kids may be coming in contact with it and warn them, experts say.
"Molly is the purest form of ecstasy," said Keith Faison with First Call, which helps patients get and stay clean from drugs and alcohol. "They take it for excitement. They take it for a rush. They take it as a drug to dance a lot so it increases their energy level."
He said like the girl who died in New York that kids will take one or two and get high. Their heart rate goes up and they take more, leading to an overdose.
Faison said dealers are targeting teens from ages 15 to 17 years old.
"It's in the schools. It's in the inner city as well as Johnson County," he said.
Some believe Molly has become the drug of choice for the current generation just like LSD was for those in the 1960s and cocaine was in the 1980s.
He said parents must have an honest conversation with kids about whether they have been exposed to it via their friends and stress the dangers.
"It's the purest form of ecstasy," he said. "The rap stars can afford the Molly. The kids on the street cannot so they get the version of the drug that is mixed with all kinds of stuff."
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