Notes on Emerging drugs of Abuse
This series will briefly discuss a different emerging drug of abuse each installment.
“Molly”, is a street name for a new version of the drug Ecstasy, a Schedule I drug of abuse. The most popular of the “designer” drugs, Ecstasy is an amphetamine based drug that has been abused since the 1990s. “Molly” is touted as a new more concentrated pure powder or pill form of Ecstasy.
Marketed as a “Euphoric Empathogen”, Ecstasy and “Molly” are touted as enhancing one’s spiritual experience and ability to relate to others. “Molly” has gained popularity in part because of music entertainers’ praises of “Molly”. It produces effects similar to an amphetamine and a hallucinogen. Abuse of “molly” is very popular with the 16-25 year olds. It is often the drug of choice at rock concerts.
The real danger to users of “Molly” is that there is no “Molly”. Dealers sell whatever they have as “Molly”. Toxicology labs have found many different chemicals sold as “Molly” including Ecstasy mixed with methylone, another powerful stimulant.
Medical complications of ingesting “Molly” include: rapid heart rate, grinding teeth, panic attacks, paranoia, dehydration, and hyperthermia. Mixing “molly” with MAOI medicines may cause Serotonin syndrome, a potentially life threatening event.