• “Molly” is not your friend

    Date: 12.17.13 | by Judge Tom.

    Although an endearing and folksy name, the new “Molly” should be shunned.

    By all reports, the designer drug “Molly” (short for molecule) has been around for the past ten years. However, it has been modified and often mislabeled leading to an increase in emergency room visits. A variation of synthetic drugs is used to create a toxic chemical cocktail that can cause rapid heartbeat, jaw clenching, violent or bizarre behavior, psychosis, seizures and depression.

    It is marketed to 12 to 17-year-olds as a club or party drug and is usually in capsule or powder form. Kids think they’re using MDMA which is the active ingredient in ecstasy. Instead, tests have shown that Molly is a toxic mixture of synthetic drugs. “You’re playing Russian roulette if you take these compounds” stated Al Santos, associate deputy administrator for the DEA.

    Molly in pill form

    Molly in pill form

    The fastest-emerging drug problem in the United States is the synthetic drug market, which now includes Molly. The chemicals in Molly have been found in nearly every state in the U.S. In 2012, Congress passed the Synthetic Drug Abuse Prevention Act. The law named 26 compounds by name. However, there are hundreds of compounds, and every time the government makes one illegal, chemists alter the formula slightly to make it a substance that is no longer controlled.

    Be smart and think twice before swallowing or injecting something into your body without knowing exactly what it is. Otherwise, you risk permanent physical injury or even death. Don’t think a trip to the ER will save your life. If the doctors don’t know what you took because no one can tell them what chemicals were in that little pill you swallowed, they can’t always effectively treat you.

    Read more about other types of synthetic drugs and the dangers, laws, etc.

     

     

    Judge Tom

    This post was written by Judge Tom. Judge Tom is the founder and moderator of AsktheJudge.info. He is a retired juvenile judge and spent 23 years on the bench. He has written several books for lawyers and judges as well as teens and parents including the recently published 'Teen Cyberbullying Investigated' (Free Spirit Publishing). When he's not answering teens' questions, Judge Tom can be found hiking, traveling and reading.

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    • “Molly” is not your friend | Law Offices of David R. Bach, P.C.
      Tue, 17 Dec 2013 at 07:06

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    • Jack
      Wed, 18 Dec 2013 at 08:51

      This post exudes the same ignorance as much of the media coverage about this issue.

      To be clear: “Molly” is slang for MDMA in its crystalline form. This terminology/usage has been around since long before any of the new synthetic designer drugs were introduced.

      If you get some non-MDMA substance, you have not purchased “Molly” even if you were told you were. You have purchased a MISLABELED/MISIDENTIFIED product.

      It does nobody any favors to get the essential terminology wrong. The problem isn’t a “Molly” problem, so to speak. It is a problem with kids buying drugs that they are being TOLD is “Molly” (which again, is a term that represents MDMA and nothing else), but is in fact something else entirely.
      Regardless of semantics, Molly by any other name is a substance we advise all teens to stay away from. Putting unknown substances in your body, whether legal or not, is taking an unnecessary risk.

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