Welcome to the newest edition of The Why. “Why is Molly so dangerous?” you ask? Good question. (Besides, it beats answering the question: “Why don’t women understand if I buy them a drink at a club they’re obligated?” Seriously? You really want us to be besieged by complaints, don’t you, dude?)
According to NBC News 10 students (and two visitors) at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut needed emergency medical attention early Sunday after overdosing on a concentrated form of the synthetic drug ecstasy called “Molly”. As of last night four of the young folks were still hospitalized. Two are critically ill and two are in serious condition.
For those not in the know, ecstasy is known in the laboratory as MDMA. That’s short for 3.4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine. It comes in pill form and reportedly gives those who take it both the psychedelic effects of hallucinogens and the high of amphetamines.
Digital reporter Susan Donaldson James confirms that Molly is essentially MDMA “in a crystalline powder contained in a capsule.” It’s not only dangerous for the same reasons as ecstasy is dangerous but also because “users don’t always know if it’s truly ‘pure’. Like all synthetic drugs, it could be diluted with other psychogenic substances.”
Molly, James confirms, “can be adulterated with other chemicals like bath salts, a relatively new synthetic powder that often contains amphetamine-like chemicals.”
Molly, short for “molecule”, can be dangerous even if it’s pure because the user doesn’t know how strong the drug is. Paul Doering, professor emeritus of pharmacology at the University of Florida in Gainesville, stated “Nobody is looking out for the dosage or anything else. It’s the roll of the dice . . .”
Molly can also be dangerous because it can be prepared incorrectly. Doering agrees: “If you hedge trim one part of a molecule or weld another part, the modification of a known substance can be very potent.”
Finally, Molly, like ecstasy, doesn’t mix well with alcohol. The pill pundits point to the “higher association of abuse” when used with booze.
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