- Molly and ecstasy are different forms of the drug MDMA.
- MDMA acts as a stimulant and a psychedelic. It is typically used in social settings like raves and dance clubs.
- The drug floods the brain with the neurotransmitters serotonin, norepinephrine and dopamine, making the user feel full of energy.
- Molly is considered the “pure” form of MDMA. It is believed that no adulterants are added to the drug since it is a white powder and different colored stands can be detected. However, this claim is false.
- MDPV, methylone, mephedrone and butylone can substitute and be sold as molly.
- Even if molly is pure, it can cause elevated heart rates, distortion of thought processes and a rise in body temperature.
- Combining MDMA with alcohol or other substances can cause seizures, hyperthermia, comas and cardiac arrest. MDMA can also deplete the body of neurotransmitters, which can lead to depression a day or two after abusing the drug.
- Molly users tend to be between the ages of 16 to 24.
- Ecstasy is a pressed pill that can have caffeine, cocaine, PCP, dextromethorphan (found in some cough syrups) and amphetamines added in, or substituted for MDMA.
- In the United States, more than 12 million people have taken ecstasy.
- According to the Drug Abuse Warning Network, there was a 123% increase in the number of emergency room visits involving MDMA from 2004 to 2009.
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Sources: CNN, The New York Times, NIDA for Teens, National Geographic