Well, I’ve learned another illegal drug term. I’m not particularly happy about that. Somehow it was easier to be uninformed! In the past two weeks, I have seen several television news reports about something called “ Molly.” It may be that I am just out of the loop, and that everyone else knows all about it. But I don’t think so.
If you are a parent or a grandparent, or have any responsibility for young people, you need to know about this latest “club drug.” It’s not really new, but is getting a lot of attention now. At the Ultra Music Festival in Miami last year, Madonna asked the crowd who among them had seen Molly and, although she denied her intent, she received lots of criticism. Other major recording artists have made mention of Molly in recent songs, including Kanye West, Lil Wayne, and Nicki Minaj. Most recently, on August 25 at the MTV Video Music Awards, Miley Cyrus created a huge stir as she gyrated around the stage in a flesh-colored bikini costume. Her performance at the VMA included her latest hit song “We Can’t Stop,” which contains the lyric “We like to party, dancing with Molly.” Miley Cyrus is a 20-year-old singer formerly of Disney productions and the majority of her fans are girls in their early teens and even younger. (Where is her daddy Billy Ray anyway?) We just don’t need a bunch of pop musicians glamorizing drugs to our kids!
Molly is commonly known as MDMA, the true name being 3,4-methylenedioxy-N-methylamphetamine. (Seriously). It was originally developed and patented by a pharmaceutical company many years ago, but did not gain much use until the 1970s, when psychiatrists experimented with it as a way to break down their patients’ inhibitions in order to facilitate therapy. Not long after that, it became a “club drug” most commonly known as “ecstasy,” and we have often heard it referred to as a date rape drug.
Today, Molly is becoming the designer drug of choice. Young people definitely know the term, how to get it, and how it affects the human body. There are some basic myths about Molly. The most significant myth seems to be that it is safer than other drugs. Because Molly is in powder or crystalline form, that seems to imply that it has a higher level of purity. It does not. There is nothing pure and safe about Molly.
There is also the myth that drinking a lot of water makes Molly safer. While staying hydrated can reduce the risk of heat stroke associated with MDMA, the drug can also cause the body to retain water, so drinking too much can lead to a potentially fatal electrolyte imbalance.
Part of the reason for all the press is that there have been three recent deaths of young people directly attributed to Molly. It is extremely dangerous. As I suggested earlier, the young people know what Molly is. Unfortunately, I have asked several adults in the past couple of days if they know about it. None of them knew, and all of them really should have known.
If you hear the terms “E,” “Molly,” “Roll,” “X,” or “XTC,” please, please pay attention. You do not want your kid “hanging out with Molly.”