If you hear your kids mention “Molly” – listen up, because they may not be talking about a friend. Molly is the latest drug craze to hit Southwest Florida neighborhoods and schools.
Just last week, two Miami students overdosed on the drug while at school.
NBC2 Investigator Matt Wright sat down with Molly users and looked into its growing popularity.
Officials we spoke with say it’s a pill that’s very easy to get and that the club drug is becoming popular among teens and those in their early twenties.
Fifteen-year-old Dianed explained she was at a party the first time she saw “Molly.”
“He was a dealer and he was like, ‘I got some Mollies – a new drug that’s out,'” she said. “Everybody was trying them.”
Law enforcement officials say Molly is a powder form of MDMA – the drug you find in ecstasy.
Short for “molecule,” Molly is popular because it’s being marketed as a “pure” form of ecstasy.
But experts say that is a common misconception.
“What they actually took is not what they thought they took,” said Dr. Timothy Dougherty.
He says Molly is often mixed with highly-addictive drugs like cocaine, meth and bath salts. And the drug is landing more people in local ERs.
One teen we spoke with explained the drug is very easy to get.
“The nerdiest kid in school could probably point you to someone who would know how to get it,” he said.
He says the drug’s popularity exploded after the release of the song “Molly” by Tyga.
But he’s just one of many who have glorified the drug’s use – such as artists like Lil Wayne, Kanye West and even Madonna.
While it’s impossible to pin down the exact number of Molly users, the rise is noticeable – especially in Collier County where teens are seemingly more able to afford the $20 per pill price.
“I would probably say about this time last year, we didn’t really hear much about it. It was maybe mentioned here and there. We weren’t really having anybody test positive for it, but currently, we are,” said Emily Naranjo, with the the David Lawrence Center.
Molly is an amphetamine – a stimulant that raises blood pressure and body temperature. It can lead to seizures, kidney failure, heart attack and even death.
“They have to be aware that these are not benign drugs, no matter what anyone says. And Molly may sound benign but it’s not,” said Dr. Dougherty.
Dianed says she now knows she wants nothing to do with Molly.
“The probability of you dying – it’s just not worth it,” she said.
Deputies have begun charging Molly dealers with felony drug charges – hoping that it will clamp down on the supply.
But all of the experts we spoke with say it’s ultimately up to parents. They encourage you to talk with your kids about the dangers of Molly.
The truth is, they say, even if you don’t think they would ever try it – it’s still likely that they will be exposed to it.
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Article by Matt Wright, www.nbc-2.com