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Expert Explains Dangers of “Molly,” Drug Suspected in Two Deaths at Music Festival

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“Molly,” the club drug suspected of causing two deaths this weekend at a New York City music festival, can be dangerous for casual users, experts say. They note it is hard for a person using the drug to detect when they are about to overdose.

The drug, a more pure form of Ecstasy, comes in a powder. It has been available for decades, but has become more popular recently with college students, NBC News reports. Mentions of the drug by music stars including Madonna, Miley Cyrus and Kanye West have increased its appeal.

Molly’s health risks can include involuntary teeth clenching, a loss of inhibitions, transfixion on sights and sounds, nausea, blurred vision and chills and/or sweating. More serious risks of the drug, also called MDMA, can include increased heart rate and blood pressure and seizures.

“The early signs of intoxication going over toward overdose of MDMA, of Molly, is going to be high heart rate, high respiratory rate and high blood pressure,” said Dr. Meika Roberson of Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. “So if you’re in a club scene, you’re not feeling any of that.”

Last week, a 19-year-old girl in Boston died of a suspected overdose of Molly following a concert. In June, a man in Washington state died after taking the drug, and dozens more were treated for Molly overdoses.

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    Karen / September 29, 2013 at 2:13 am

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    September 28, 2013 at 1:17 am
    Are we suppose to just set back because she is a “celebrity” and let her tell publickly how great it is to smoke weed and likes MOLLY.
    I don’t know about you all but I have tried to keep my 13 and 15 year old girls away from her trash but thanks to the news media ,magazines there’s no way to keep the trash away . And it’s sad when my kids ask me what this drug Molly is because miley says she likes it.
    Miley puts posts on FB where she’s half naked and knowing she is going to recieve the most sexually explicit remarks.
    Does her money buy her the right to do in front of these young people as she pleases.
    Her revenge that her fiancée is happy without her should not be on our children.
    Since her FB post recieve such sexual responses and her actions are at very least R rated should it not be made where she can only be viewed in she appropriate sites?or does her money put her above our children

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