When it comes to drug crimes across the country, Molly is certainly making a resurgence. The drug commonly referred to as Molly is making a comeback from the 1990’s. Molly, which is pure MDMA which is the ingredient typically combined with other substances in Ecstasy pills, is a popular dugs for teenagers and young people involved in music raves. Electronic Dance Music, which is the music of choice at these raves, is said to attribute to the resurgence of MDMA. Molly is said to be “ecstasy re-branded as a gentler, more approachable drug”, meaning Molly is a relatively “easy” drug to take.
Molly didn’t make news until the 1970’s. By the 1990’s, Molly had become the drug of choice for teens at dance and music events. MDMA is known for inducing feelings of euphoria, closeness and diminished anxiety. Unfortunately, as the drugs popularity increased, so did the “fillers” in the pills such as, caffeine, LSD, and Aspirin. These fillers make the drug more dangerous than if the drug was pure MDMA.
Interestingly, MDMA is not just a drug taken by teenagers. An older generation filled with professionals is also starting to take the drug. Teenagers are the predominant users of the drug, but 30-40 year olds are also taking the drug to feel free from the workplace.A Molly costs about $20-$50 per dose which may be high compared to marijuana but is also low when compared to cocaine. Although MDMA has side effects they are relatively minor when you consider the side effects of other drugs. Some of the side effects are teeth grinding, dehydration, anxiety, and insomnia. As you can see, they are relatively minor when you consider drugs like heroin and cocaine can potentially kill an individual with every dose.
Lastly, MDMA has become more and more prominent over the last decade. The Drug Abuse Warning Network reports that “the number of MDMA-related emergency-room visits have doubled since 2004. Also, the US Customs and Border Protection have seen a dramatic increase from 186 seizures in 2008 to 2,670 seizures of MDMA in 2012. Many of the powders sold as Molly contain no MDMA whatsoever, making the drug less pure, and actually more dangerous. When fillers are added to MDMA it has a more negative effect then if the MDMA was pure. The drug will remain prominent in the Electronic Dance Music culture, which will result in teens continuing to take the drug. Most teens like Molly because they get very relaxed and have no anxiety, making Molly the preferred drug of this decade.
The New York Times recently posted an article titled ” Molly: Pure, but Not so Simple” which characterized the resurgence throughout the drug users. The article states: “molly is the big this now. Coke is sort of grimy and passé. Weed smells too much and is sort of low rent and junior high.”