Phoenix House Founder Talks to Good Day New York About Dangers of “Molly”

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

New York City canceled the Electric Zoo dance music festival after two people died from an apparent overdose of “Molly,” a popular party drug. On September 3, Good Day New York interviewed Phoenix House founder, Mitchell S. Rosenthal, M.D., to learn more about the dangers and the glamour of Molly.

Dr. Rosenthal warned that users may think they’re buying Molly, a pure form of ecstasy, but dealers may cut the drug with other harmful substances. He also discussed Molly’s effects as a party drug and the consequences of using it: “It can mess up your head. It can foul up the way your neurotransmitters respond. It can mess up your mood, it can mess up your regulation of your temperature in your body, and that’s in fact the way that it leads to most deaths.”

Molly is seen as a “benign drug,” Dr. Rosenthal said, and its use may have increased now that fewer people see marijuana as risky and may use marijuana and Molly together. He advised parents to talk to their children about drug use: “You’re playing a kind of pharmacological roulette, and it’s dangerous.”

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