Party Drug: ‘Molly’ Use On The Rise

Use of the party drug “molly” is on the rise. The dangerous drug led to the hospitalization of six people over the weekend. Two of the people died, prompting cancellation of the Electric Zoo festival.

While the drug has been around for decades, its use has recently surged in popularity. MDMA, nicknamed molly, is a concentrated powder form of Ecstasy.

As reported by NBC News, the drug is ingested orally. The powder can be made into tablets or placed into capsules.

Users say the party drug molly increases energy, empathy, and feelings of euphoria. The high usually lasts around five hours.

Methylenedioxymethamphetamine was developed in 1914 as a weight loss aid. In the 1970s, psychiatrists began prescribing the drug to treat mental illness.

The drug is currently being evaluated as a treatment for post-traumatic stress, anxiety disorders, and patients with terminal cancer.

Unfortunately, it is also being misused as a party drug. Molly use has increased throughout the last decade. Since 2004, emergency room visits tied to the drug have doubled.

Overdose symptoms include rapid heartbeat and increased blood pressure. Dr. Meika Roberson of Mount Sinai Hospital explains that users are in danger, as signs of overdose are subtle.

As reported by CNN, most molly users are between the ages of 16 and 24. The drug is especially popular at raves, clubs, and live concerts. Users often ask each other “have you seen molly?”

Madonna appeared in Miami’s Ultra Music Festival last year, opening with the line “how many people in the crowd have seen molly?” Madonna denies that she was referring to the drug. However, posters with the same phrase were littered throughout the venue.

The music industry is notorious for mentioning the drug. The party drug molly is mentioned in songs performed by 2 Chainz, Childish Gambino, Kanye West, Danny Brown, and Miley Cyrus.

Despite its popularity, and innocent sounding name. Molly can be deadly.

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