“Molly” is slang for the drug Ecstasy, also known as MDMA, or methylenedioxymethemphetamine. It comes in the forms of both pills and powders. When most of us hear about Ecstasy, we associate it with the Raves of the 1990s, but Molly has seen a new resurgence in nightclubs after several rappers have bragged about taking the drug. Like many other recreational drugs, Ecstasy was at first thought to be safe, there were even some doctors who recommended it as a psychotropic medication. Eventually, there were reports of fatalities due to this drug, with the primary cause of death being heart attacks. There were many cases of extreme heat exhaustion and dehydration caused by hyperthermia, as well as findings that the drug did permanent damage to the liver and the spinal column. Neuropsychologists found that people who used Ecstasy had significant changes to their brains that can be seen on brain scans. In addition, since the drug produced pleasure by inducing Serotonin production, it was found that some people became extremely depressed after they stopped taking the drug, most likely because their natural Serotonin production had been altered.
Even if a person continues to take Ecstasy, its powers eventually wear off. When this happens, the person may seek to recapture the high by using other more potent drugs.
With all of these concerns, Ecstasy is still considered one of the “safer” drugs out there. One of the reasons for this is because it is not physically addictive like Heroin or Cocaine. For this reason, if you are surfing the internet, you will find multiple sites where people talk about how great Ecstasy is. The overall message of these sites is that MDMA is perfectly safe and if we were all less uptight we would just legalize it and everyone would be happy all of the time. The visitors on these websites are overconfident that they know all there is to know about drugs, and the way they brag about knowing scientific terminology you might think that they were master chemists.
In fact, they are young people who are most often buying the new version of Molly, a mixture of anything that drug dealers can get their hands on. Some newer versions of Molly have been known to contain Methamphetamine, Crack and Bath Salts. But proponents of the drug say that they know what they are taking, because they buy testing kits, commonly sold by a company called “DanceSafe.”
The DanceSafe website says that they are an organization “promoting health and safety within the rave and nightclub community.” In actuality, they turn a profit by selling testing kits ranging from $20 to $65 to test for additives or adulterants to Ecstasy. Each type of kit tests for a different adulterant, or for $65 you can get a test for the four commonly known adulterants. There are few problems here. First, you must know what you are testing for. For example, one testing kit tests specifically for Methamphetamine. Great, after you’ve tested it, you can tell if there is no Meth in it. Another kit tests for Ketamine. Another for Opiates, another for Speed. Each of these testing kits has warning labels on them that say things like “Corrosive.” With this type of label, it’s obvious that it’s unsafe to take drug, either in pill or powder form, after you’ve tested it. So the testing kit must be sold under the assumption that a person buys a batch of pills and tests just one of them to make sure it’s MDMA. But apparently, you have to use at least four kits to test for the most predominant adulterants or additives. That means that someone would have to buy five pills just to use one of them.
Realistically, we all know that a young person who is looking for a quick high is not going to buy testing supplies in advance, then sit down and carefully test progressive portions of the drug to make sure it’s safe. Even if the person thinks they’ve tested for the major additives found in most street drugs, what about the millions of other additives that a person could put in a drug as filler to make a bigger batch. For instance, there have been reports that some samples of Meth contains diesel fuel, radiator fluid or drain cleaner. Since these are not the most common adulterants, the tests would not show if the drugs had these kind of toxic substances in them.
The only way to stay safe is to avoid these drugs all together.
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