Looking for Molly, searching everywhere

There is so much information and misinformation “out there.” Sometimes the presentation is such that we think it must be true and accurate, only to find that it was misleading or a hoax. Misinformation can be dangerous, as when kids learn about drugs and abuse from the wrong people. The wise adult who influences the teens in their lives keeps abreast of good information to share with those youngsters and keep them safe.

The media is designed to sell, sell, sell. What anyone learns from TV, Internet, film, music and peers may not be accurate, but it can appear to be so sophisticated. Teens need to know the truth about drugs and what those substances can do to their bodies.

Mom, Dad, have you heard about “Molly”? This Molly is not a girl. Some of the most widely known singers in the world have sung about her, Madonna, Kanye, Miley, to name a few. They aren’t referring to a girl by that name, either.

“Molly” is a party drug among teens. The word on the street is that it’s kinder and safer for a high. Not so, advises DFAA (Drug Free Action Alliance.) Molly, like Ecstasy, is a synthetic, psycho-active drug that is similar to both the stimulant amphetamine and the hallucinogen mescaline, says NIDA (National Institute on Drug Abuse). It produces feelings of increased energy, euphoria, emotional warmth and empathy to others, and distortions in snsory and time perceptions.

Molly comes in tablets, capsules or colorful pills. Sometimes the pills have cartoon-like images on them. They sell for about $20-$50 a dose. It’s not unusual for the user to take a second dose when the effects of the drug begin to wear off.

Molly is a controlled substance, Schedule 1, with a high risk for abuse. There is no medical use for this drug, the effects of which last three to six hours. Often users take other drugs with Molly.

Molly, slang for “molecular,” is not a pure form of Ecstasy, though many people say or believe that it is. It may be mixed with heroin or talcum powder or other substances and could just as easily be called “Contents Unknown.” Why would anyone take unknown substances into their body?

Most users of Molly are looking for a euphoric high and extreme alertness. Some people, though, have anxiety, depression and sadness than can last seven or more days. NIDA says the surge of serotonin depletes the brain of this important chemical causing anxiety, confusion, depression, drug-craving, sleep issues and other problems. Heavy users go through long periods of confusion, depression, sleep, attention and memory issues which could be related to other drugs that they take with Molly, especially marijuana.

Other side effects may include:

– Muscle cramping

– Nausea

– Blurred vision

– Increased heart rate

– Increased blood pressure

– Seizures

– Hyperthermia

– Death

MDMA’s physical effects are similar to effects of cocaine and amphetamines. If the doses are high the body can’t regulate temperature. If hyperthermia occurs the kidneys, liver or cardiovascular system can be affected, or death can occur. If it interferes with metabolism other damage can occur.

The goal of this article is not to incite panic, but to spread awareness of potential risks in families, neighborhoods and communities. Society is as strong and wise as its people.

Family Recovery Center promotes the well being of individuals, families and communities with education, prevention and treatment programs for substance abuse and related mental health issues. For more information about these programs contact FRC at 964 N. Market St., Lisbon; phone, 330-424-1468 or e-mail, info@familyrecovery.org. FRC is funded, in part, by United Way of Northern Columbiana County.

Note: Do you need help signing up for Medicaid assistance? Family Recovery Center is scheduling appointments for the community at large from 3 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5 and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 6 at the new office building, 966 N. Market St., Lisbon. Reservations are required. To schedule an appointment or for more information, contact FRC at 330-424-1468. This service is free and open to the public.