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Health expert explains popular drug molly
By: Bill Melugin
EL PASO, Texas -- A 17-year-old Houston girl is still in critical condition at a hospital after she overdosed on the popular drug molly at the Sun City Music Festival in El Paso over the weekend.
"Molly is a drug that's been around for quite some time. You hear all the references in pop music and rap music. It's a pure form of an ingredient that's used in Ecstasy," said Guillermo Valenzuela, an official with El Paso health clinic Aliviane.
"Molly" is short for molecule. It has no smell, and is commonly used by people between the ages of 16-24. Its effects last between three and four hours, and when those effects taper off, the person who took the drugs can become dehydrated and paranoid.
"People that use it should be aware that there are severe consequences -- increased heart rate, increased blood pressure -- so if you have a medical condition you're unaware of, and you end up taking this drug molly, you can find yourself in an ER," Valenzuela said. "It's also a psychoactive drug. It makes you hallucinate, and makes you lose control of the actions that you're taking."
University of Texas, El Paso students have heard all about molly.
"I think it's Ecstasy. I've never seen it
but I know it's really popular with the rave scene and all that techno music," said Cindy Borrago. "Back in high school it was big. There was a club on Montana that people used to go to, but now it's made it's comeback."
"It's for electronic music, concerts, raves and stuff," said Cristobal Robles. "I think it's stupid. I mean its a drug, so it's bad for you. I don't really know why people take it."
But what's the motivation for taking the drug at concerts?
"What I've heard is that it enhances things, when you listen to music it enhances your hearing, your sense of touch. I've heard ridiculous things like people putting Vaseline on their bodies," Borrago said.
Valenzuela confirmed that idea to KFOX14.
"It's a psychoactive drug, so it's going to increase your perception of sound, smell, touch, it's going to give you the illusion that you're seeing the music, that you're tasting the music. It's strange," Valenzuela said. "The drug dealers try to give a dangerous substance a cute name to entice the younger population to use it."
Evidently, molly isn't hard to get a hold of.
"Unfortunately it's relatively easy to obtain. It's also rather inexpensive, so you go to the clubs, a lot of times you just text someone, or you ask people that are in the club scene, if they can hook you up with molly," Valenzuela said. "Anytime you take something that you're unaware of where it was made, what kind of ingredients are in it, and it makes you lose control of your awareness, you're certainly taking something that's not good for you."
"I don't know why someone would take that, why would you resort to a drug to do that. That's really weird. Cook something that smells good or come outside and enjoy the view. There's so many things that can excite your senses besides molly," Borrago said.
Valenzuela told KFOX14 molly isn't an addictive drug, and isn't necessarily as dangerous as heroin or cocaine, but the potential for death or serious injury is still there.
"There may be something in the batch, and then they didn't have enough of a certain agent so they'll cut it with something else, and boom, you have a pill that's going to take you to your grave," Valenzuela said.