MDMA or its nickname, Molly is the newest thrill and apparently considered ‘more respectable’ than other hard party drugs.. Sign of the times isn’t it? Pop a pill and feel better don’t try and figure out the root of the problem.
Known for inducing feelings of euphoria, warmth and diminished anxiety, 3,4-methylenedioxy-N-methylamphetamine has been embraced by everyone from Wall Street traders to Williamsburg hipsters – a trend of great concern to medical professionals.
A recent NY Times feature examining the growing acceptance of Molly on New York’s party scene found most users considered the drug a healthier alternative to other stimulants.
Cocaine is believed to be ‘sort of grimy and passé’ and makes your nose ‘raw’, while marijuana ‘smells.. and is also sort of low rent and junior high’.
Robert Glatter, an emergency-room physician at Lenox Hill Hospital on the Upper East Side, said more users are being hospitalized than ever before.
He said he sees about four patients a month exhibiting its common side effects, such as teeth grinding, dehydration, anxiety, insomnia, fever and loss of appetite.
The drug in pill, powder or crystalline form costs between $20 and $50 a hit.
‘Typically in the past we’d see rave kids, but now we’re seeing more people into their 30s and 40s experimenting with it,’ Dr. Glatter told NY Times.
‘MDMA use has increased dramatically. It’s really a global phenomenon now.’
He said it is possible to overdose on MDMA, but usually when mixed with another drug.
The molecular breakdown: MDMA atoms are represented as spheres and are colour-coded: carbon (grey), hydrogen (blue-green), oxygen (red) and nitrogen (blue)
Madonna was slammed for asking the audience about Molly during a music festival, while Rick Ross, was dropped by sponsor Reebok for rapping about the drug
Dr. John Halpern, a psychiatrist at Harvard said a major concern is that many of the powders sold as Molly contain no MDMA whatsoever. Medical professionals warn MDMA’s is getting less ‘pure’ as its popularity rises
Despite promises of greater purity and potency, Molly is now thought to be as contaminated as Ecstasy once was..
‘As we move more and more electronic, people are extremely hungry for the opposite: human interaction on a deeper level where you’re not rushing around,’ Mr. Doblin told NY Times.
‘The rise of Molly is in tune with how people are feeling emotionally.’
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