By Din Gjidija
It was 2 am on a Friday night around midtown and the only thing these clubbers could talk about was Molly. Molly isn’t the girl next door. If a friend is speaking of “Molly” otherwise known as MDMA (methylenedioxymethamphetamine) chances are they’re speaking of the party drug.
Molly is the purest form of MDMA. The capsule’s popularity is rapidly increasing amongst teens and young adults and can be found hanging out with party goers.Molly often comes in a capsule, but is also found in pill and tablet form.
According to the DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency) “Molly is a powder crystal form of MDMA, a chemical that’s used in ecstasy.” It’s a chemical made in labs across the boarders which is then smuggled into the U.S.
Salesian High School senior, Valentin Berisha, said, “For those who party, poppin’ a molly just makes the party better for that individual.”
Berisha was wearing a dark grey tank top and bright neon beach shorts, in the midst of March. He was asked by many other teens that night, do you know where they can find her. Berisha knew the crowd was referring to the party drug, when asked about his certainty, he smiled and said “Either that or the Cedric Gervais song.” The song he was referring to was “Molly” by Dj Gervais. The introduction of the song ask listeners “Do you know where I can find molly?” in the popular Iphone siri voice.
“Celebrities sponsor this drug heavily, to the point where it’s in songs, public media attention, etc,” said Valentin Berisha.
There has been references by celebrities over the past few years. Madonna most notably referred to the drug at last year’s Ultra Music Festival when performing for Avicii’s set (Avicii is a dj/producer). She asked the crowd “have you seen molly”, which stirred up a bit of controversy. Young adults might think it’s alright when seeing celebrities such as Madonna referring to the drug especially at such a large event.
Gezim Bruncaj, a club promoter for clubs like Highland Ballroom and Webster Hall, said “These celebrity references are building a comfort zone for its drug users and turning a potentially dangerous thing into an okay thing.”
As the drug’s popularity increases, more college students turn to Molly when attending raves and festivals.
Anthony Lafiandra, sophomore at St Thomas Aquinas, said “Many college students use it to rage at parties.” To rage means to party really hard. Molly is found at raves (dance music festivals), Dance is usually the genre of music played at these raves.
According to the Drug Enforcement Administration MDMA is a scheduled 1 controlled substance, what this means is it has the potential to be abused if used improperly.
Mixing molly with other drugs can lead to very harmful results, including hospitalization. Molly itself isn’t very addicting, but can be overused.
Some of the drugs side effects are muscle tightness, tremors, teeth clinching, muscle cramps, and nausea. Dehydration may also occur depending on the environment and temperature.
According to the Drug Abuse Warning Network, there was a 123% difference since 2004 to 2009 in emergency room visits. The visits were also because the user took in alcohol and other pharmaceuticals.
According to a Feb 2013 LA Times news article, there has been about 14 deaths involving Molly since September of 2006. Michael Benway Jr, 37, was the most recent; he died of heart inflammation and was found at a campsite while attending Electric Forest in June of 2012.
Bruncaj said, “It’s been proven to be safer than ecstasy since it’s in its purest form. Ecstasy contains a bunch of other crap.”
Bruncaj also said, “Molly usually starts with an awful taste but later gets better as the drug starts to kick in. Molly makes them feel like they have so much energy. It just makes everything that much better.”
Molly users have a tendency to be from ages 16-24. MDMA is not something new; in fact it’s been around since the 90’s and was very mainstream. It is also a reason why many of New York City’s old night clubs have been shut down. Some night clubs were Sound Factory and Club Exit.
Bruncaj, giggling said, “Molly is pretty cheap; you could buy a capsule from ten to twenty bucks” that’s what keeps them coming for more. And it’s pretty easy to take and not get caught.
Anthony Lafiandra said “I believe college kids use molly and think its okay to use recreationally because it isn’t harmful to their bodies.”
Lafiandra, smirking said, “For me all I need is some good music and I just begin to dance and have fun. Molly is not needed to have fun and get loose at a party.”