Molly: A Real Threat to Young Lives

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

 

Molly is a popular drug in the club scene, but has caused several deaths

Molly is a popular drug on the club scene, but has caused several deaths

News stories have been popping up everywhere about a dangerous new drug popular with many young people these days, but just what is Molly? Molly, short for molecule, refers to the pure form of the addictive substance MDMA, or methylenedioxy-N-methylamphetamine. Over the past few years it has become the drug of choice at music festivals, clubs, and parties. Like Ecstasy, Molly is a stimulant and is classified as a schedule I substance; which means it has a high potential for abuse and no accepted use in medical treatment. Molly is considered dangerous and has been linked to many deaths and a rise in emergency room visits. Molly is usually distributed in either crystal or powder form, which can make it difficult for users to know for certain if they are actually getting the intended substance. Many times, the Molly being sold is actually “bath salts,” a synthetic drug designed to mimic cocaine and methamphetamine. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) notes that real MDMA can cause confusion, depression, sleep problems, tremors, involuntary teeth clenching, chills, sweating, and faintness. Large dosages can interfere with the body’s ability to regulate internal temperature, which can lead to increased body temperature (hyperthermia).  Molly has also been linked to liver, kidney, and cardiovascular failure.

Phoenix House Florida has become increasingly aware of the serious dangers posed by this drug. In September Jack Feinberg, Vice President and Clinical Director, Phoenix House Florida, wrote a blog entitled “Molly: Not Your Mother’s Club Drug,” with the purpose of informing parents of the threat this highly addictive substance poses to their children. At the Derek Jeter Center at Phoenix House, located in Tampa, and at Phoenix House Outpatient Services in Brandon, our skilled and compassionate professional staff work closely with youngsters who struggle with addiction.  Counselors use an evidence-based curriculum blended with creative techniques in order to help adolescents and young adults rebuild their lives and mend relationships damaged by substance abuse. At Phoenix House Citra Center, our residential facility in Marion County, men and women receive gender-specific rehabilitation focusing on physical, mental, and emotional healing.

If someone you love is suffering from drug or alcohol addiction, call us at 1 888 671 9392 today. We are ready to help, at any time of night or day.

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