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Molly Drug Addiction

Molly has been peddled to teenagers and young adults as MDMA (3,4-Methylenedioxy-methamphetamine, or ecstasy) by drug dealers across the USA.
People who take Molly believe they’re taking pure MDMA. Perhaps this popular misconception is linked to praises sung by Miley Cyrus in “We Can’t Stop.” But the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) says that only 13% of Molly contains MDMA.

What is MDMA?

MDMA is a drug that alters the mind and launches feelings of euphoria. Richard Cohen (Cohen) documents MDMA use as already being popular during the mid-1990s. Others state that they first heard about Molly in 2011. Regardless, even pure MDMA is far from “safe.” MDMA is made in illegal laboratories and delivers a hallucinogen and stimulant effect.

MDMA side effects include increased heart rate, profuse sweating, teeth clenching, chills and occasionally, a sharp increase in body temperature which can lead to organ-system failure and death. Resulting dehydration can lead to very high body temperatures, convulsions and seizures along with unhappiness, paranoia, anxiety and confusion. Translational and clinical research strongly suggests that chronic Molly use prompts damage in parts of the brain involved with mood, concentration, thinking, memory and judgment.

Chronic Molly users report withdrawal symptoms such as unhappiness, fatigue, decreased appetite, and difficulty thinking.

How is Molly Different?

Molly rarely, if ever, contains pure MDMA, as was just previously stated. When analyzed using toxicology instrumentation, Molly usually contains a combination of dangerous chemically synthesized and other drugs, including identical ingredients to those found in “bath salts.”

The synthetic portion of Molly is associated with side effects including headache, heart palpitations, chest pains, nausea, dehydration, cold fingers, kidney failure, hallucinations, paranoia, psychotic and violent behavior, panic attacks and, in several instances, death. Laboratory analyses of Molly samples have also indicated the presence of varying amounts of addictive drugs including methamphetamine, heroin, ketamine, PCP and amphetamines.

The Dangerous Cut

The “bonus” ingredients in Molly have been associated with emergency room visits and deaths in people who believed they were taking unadulterated and pure MDMA.

It is important to understand that regardless of what drug dealers purport, Molly consumers never truly know the number of chemicals they are buying in addition to the small amount of MDMA. Pure MDMA is hazardous to your mental, spiritual and physical wellbeing. However, the adulterated drug concoction known as Molly is more dangerous than straight-up MDMA.

Molly has killed people and has been associated with reactions that require emergency medical and emergency psychiatric intervention.
Regardless of whether one is MDMA dependent or Molly dependent, quality treatment programs can help navigate you or your loved one out of the clutches of Molly drug addiction.

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If you or someone you know is struggling with a substance abuse problem, please reach out to our addiction specialists for guidance and support, at (877)-RECOVERY or (877)-732-6837. Our addiction specialists make themselves available to take your call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Because We Care.


Cohen RS, The Love Drug: Marching to the Beat of ECSTASY, Preface by JA Cocores, Haworth Medical Press, Binghamton N.Y., 1998

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