Drug “Molly” Called Epidemic Across College Campuses

College campuses are plagued by another drug problem. It’s the powder form of ecstasy, known as Molly. It is snorted or ingested through the mouth using a technique called parachuting, in which the powder is folded into a small piece of tissue or paper and then swallowed.

Molly: is it addictive?  Courtesy drugaddictionblog.org

Molly: is it addictive? Courtesy drugaddictionblog.org

The dangers of this drug are high and can take a major toll on the heart. In addition, users may experience paranoia, anxiety, depression, confusion, sleep problems and tremors among others. Molly is commonly sold where other club drugs are sold.

Club Drugs Making a Comeback

Club drugs refer to those taken at clubs, bars, concerts and parties and consist of ketamine, mephedrone and ecstasy.  It has been shown over time people have become addicted to these drugs. Other health problems have been noted such as bladder pain and damage. Because ecstasy is the most popular of club drugs, the majority of people seek treatment for it as opposed to the others. Ecstasy affects the body’s ability to regulate its temperature and therefore, dehydration and heat stroke can occur.

On the other hand, some users are aware they may become overheated and drink too much water, which is dangerous because this affects the levels of potassium in the body causing organs to swell. There is also a danger of overdosing on this drug. Signs of this include elevated temperature, high blood pressure, increased heartbeat and hallucinations or delusions. Vomiting can also be a side effect and could be potentially deadly. Although the numbers of drug used on a whole are decreasing, there has been a rise in club drugs.

According to the National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse in recent reports, 6,486 people were treated for club drugs last year. This is up from 4,656 people in 2005 to 2006. In fact, around one million people were estimated to have used club drugs in the past year, according to the report “Club Drugs: Emerging Trends and Risks.” Though more people have been entering treatment for club drugs, they make up only a small percentage (around two percent) compared to those being treated for heroin and crack.

Parent’s Roles in Stopping Abuse

Few parents are aware of this drug, according to CalNarconon.org. Many may hear the name Molly and think nothing of it. Parents must keep up with the latest drug trends. Some good tips for parents are to talk to your kids about ways to stand up to peer pressure and give them the confidence to make smart decisions if they are faced with the choice to use drugs.

Along with anti-drug programs in schools, the community or on the Internet and with authorities cracking down on drug rings and dealers, drug abuse can be slowed or even stopped.  Our kids may stand a fighting chance if they know the facts about these substances and how to say no to drugs like “Molly.”

About the Author: Anna Abraham is a former drug counselor who began blogging about her experiences — and the latest in drug news — several years ago.

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5 Responses to Drug “Molly” Called Epidemic Across College Campuses

  1. Dave Wren

    March 27, 2013 at 8:59 am

    This drug almost killed my friend’s daughter. Something needs to be done.

  2. Jess

    March 27, 2013 at 10:44 am

    I’m going to pass this to my two cousins who have started going to events where this crap is just everywhere. My husband, a couple yrs ago, left a drink unattended when we were out and someone spiked his drink with x. He was a mess for several days.

    • Michael John Scott

      March 27, 2013 at 3:13 pm

      I’ve heard of it Jess, and it’s one of those drugs that appear innocuous but can be deadly.

      • Jess

        March 27, 2013 at 4:26 pm

        Oh yeah, hubby was in hospital for a few days, had to have his stomach pumped and I thought he was going to strangle me at one point, his personality just changed and not in a good way. Most we do is smoke weed and drink socially, no hard stuff for us ever and me, well I never leave a drink unattended just in case. My older cousin is more sensible than the younger one, he’ll listen to reason. Younger one I worry about because he just makes really stupid decisions, with zero thought till after the fact.

    • Anonymous

      May 27, 2013 at 1:47 pm

      Ecstasy is not Molly.