Helping Parents Prevent Youth Substance Abuse


“Molly" is the powder or crystal form of MDMA, the chemical used in Ecstasy. This drug has been popular at music festivals this year and is growing in popularity among youth. Molly is short for the word molecule and it is considered to be pure MDMA. Ecstasy is a less pure form of MDMA, is typically in pill form and is generally laced with other ingredients such as caffeine or methamphetamine.  Molly users tend to be ages 16 to 24.

Molly and ecstasy (3-4-methylenedioxymethampheta-mine or MDMA), are synthetic drugs with amphetamine-like and hallucinogenic properties. They are classified as stimulants.

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) considers MDMA to be a Schedule I controlled substance, which means it has a high potential for abuse, and no accepted use in medical treatment. The DEA notes that MDMA can cause:

  • confusion
  • anxiety
  • depression
  • paranoia
  • sleep problems
  • drug craving
  • muscle tension
  • tremors
  • involuntary teeth clenching
  • muscle cramps
  • nausea
  • faintness
  • chills
  • sweating
  • blurred vision

Because of where Molly is often used (clubs and music festivals), there are often reports of dehydration. This dehydradation comes from both the drug and the crowded, hot conditions present. High doses of Molly can interfere with the ability to regulate body temperature, resulting in a sharp increase in body temperature (hyperthermi). This can lead to liver, kidney, and cardiovascular failure in severe cases. High doses of Molly increase the risk of seizures and compromise the heart's ability to maintain its normal rhythms.



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