Party Drug “Molly” Not As Friendly As It Sounds


February 4, 2014


DELRAY BEACH, FL – The popular party drug named “Molly” sounds safe, but it recently made headlines when it was blamed for the deaths of two young adults at a music festival. “Molly” is the powder or crystal form of MDMA, which is the chemical used in Ecstasy, a stimulant.

According to the national Drug Abuse Warning Network, MDMA related emergency department visits increased from 10,227 in 2004 to 22,498 in 2011.

Molly is not what it seems: it is no more pure or safe than Ecstasy. The DEA notes that it can cause confusion, anxiety, depression, paranoia, sleep problems, and drug craving. To make matters worse, many powders are being sold as Molly but they do not contain any MDMA. Some of these powders being marketed as the popular drug are synthetic versions designed to imitate the drug’s effects.

Recently, Molly has gained popularity because of pop stars including it in their songs. The feelings of energy and euphoria created by the drug make it a popular choice among kids who attend raves, and concerts. Like other stimulants, Molly raises the heart rate, blood pressure, and it interferes with the ability regulate body temperature.

According to CNN, Molly has been a popular drug at music festivals this year. This is perhaps the most hazardous of settings, because when combined with the hot crowded conditions, intake of MDMA can lead to severe dehydration and dramatic increases in body temperature.

We advise parents to learn the facts, and to talk to their kids about the dangers of recreational drug use.

For further information contact:
Suzanne Spencer
Chair of The Delray Beach Drug Task Force