In drug use parlance, Molly is the street name for a synthetic psychoactive stimulant also referred to as Ecstasy. When it is not polluted with a plethora of other toxic substances, Molly is considered to be a pure form of MDMA (3-4 methylenedioxy- methamphetamine). Also, because of the “fun” culture in which Molly use typically occurs, it is not unusual for it to be used in combination with other substances which naturally increases the risks associated with use of this drug. Molly’s reputation for encouraging poly drug use has also made it the subject of a number of Molly addiction stories and much media coverage.
As Caitlin recalled in her recovering addiction story, “I turned to more and more drugs. But it was all for fun right? I thought so, but my life was about to take a serious turn” she said. The popularity of Molly surged after it became the theme of several songs released by major artists such as Rihanna (Diamonds), Kanye West (Mercy), Trinidad James (All Gold Everything) and music mogul Madonna who took some heat for the recognizable similarities in her album titled “MDNA” and MDMA which is the chemical name for Molly.
These songs, according to the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA), caused a noticeable spike in interest from teens in the euphoric effects of Molly but left out the potential risks of misusing this drug. Sadly, this reality was played out when at least four people died from a suspected overdose of Molly in quick succession at three different venues.
Although the connection to music has been strong for Molly, the use of this drug has not been contained solely in this forum. Law enforcement say it has become so trendy among young adults that emergency room visits related to the use of Molly have skyrocketed. In addition to the effects of the drug, Molly use has become increasingly casual. Also contributing to the lure of this drug, is the fact that is cheap and portable which makes it extremely accessible to teenagers and young adults. Experts warn however, that the adulteration of this drug makes it completely different from the MDMA or Ecstasy that was consumed in the 90’s.
It is possible for Molly to be combined with drugs like acid or amphetamines which not only amp up the potential for addiction but increases the potency of the drug. As a more powerful substance, people with a predisposition to addiction to addiction who arbitrarily try this drug are in danger of getting hooked.
The potential risks of using Molly include:
Even after halting drug use, Molly can leave some lingering effects such as feelings of confusion, depression, sleep abnormalities and mental fog. The good news is that a dependence or addiction to Molly is treatable. Treatment options vary based on duration of drug use and the physical and psychological impact on the individual. With appropriate treatment, even individuals that have experienced long term addiction to Molly can expect to achieve full recovery and sustainable sobriety.
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