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Newest Molly Users: Middle-Aged Professionals, Says DEA Agent


The newest users of Molly are middle-aged professionals, according to a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agent.

David Dongilli of the Philadelphia Division of the DEA told NBC10 Philadelphia that this group is experimenting with the drug, also known as MDMA. “They’ve sort of bought into this marketing plan by the criminal organizations that this is pure MDMA. It’s as if it has some sort of organic value and, unfortunately, it’s anything but organic and pure,” he said.

Drug dealers are mixing Molly with other substances, Dongilli said. “What you have are people ingesting rat poison, methamphetamine mixed with cocaine, acids and any other chemical that they can get together in pill form or some sort of crystallized [form], and sadly people are ingesting this and dying from it,” he said.

Molly has gained attention recently, after several deaths at electronic dance music festivals were attributed to the drug.
Dr. Jeanmarie Perrone, Director of the Division of Medical Toxicology in the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania’s Emergency Department, says it is difficult to track how extensively Molly is being used, because it usually does not come up on a toxicology screen.

Molly, 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. 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 can include increased heart rate and blood pressure and seizures.

5 Responses to this article

  1. Nancy / October 4, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    The root of the drug problem, Ian, is not prohibition of drugs or the purity of them, it’s what is missing in the person’s psyche that compels them to alter their reality by taking drugs.
    Even if all drugs were legalized, you will never factor out that some people will still sell the drugs illegally because they don’t want to share the profits with any company, thus perpetuating the underbelly of drug dealers and all of the social ill wills that are linked with it.

  2. Dr. Realistic / October 4, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    It is ridiculous to say that drugs should be legalized so people will not get adulterated drugs. That is like saying we should legalize murder so the guns used will be less likely to misfire!

  3. Ian Mitchell / October 2, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    While there are more serious risks to MDMA that are idiosyncratic and can lead to death, most of the harm associated from this drug comes from its prohibition and adulteration. On its own it has a fairly risk of danger, far less than alcohol for example. What this article particularly demonstrates is the need for testing of tablets and powders (as is offered through or ending prohibition completely and allow people to use drugs that are pure and thus much less likely to kill them. This often seems like a scandalous approach to the general public, however, in this case particularly it is important to remember that the predominant harms associated with this drug come from its adulterants

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    Cat Craig / October 4, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    I think that’s a great idea, as long as you are surgically steralized so no unknown effects are passed on to any innocent offspring you may have. Marijuana is now legalized in some states and has been linked to ADHD manifesting is user’s offspring and in the user’s as they mature. Something to think about!

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    Mr.Sensible / October 9, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    What’s more ridiculous is comparing a personal choice in drug use to murder. As has been pointed out numerous times, most of the worst dangers from drugs are from their legal status.
    Case in point: Why is Meth so big? Because it’s easier to make and conceal than anything including ganja. Seeing as MDMA is illegal, and much harder to make, dealer’s sell meth, a horrible nasty alternative, which is substantially worse. If things like MDMA were legal and ppl knew exactly what they were getting, the majority of ‘problems’ would disappear, and meth usage would decrease.
    But the security state loves the drug war. Don’t be fooled people. I know a lot of you are good and well meaning but remember this….as soon as your kids get to 18, the full force of the law will apply to them, with no mercy should they get into trouble experimenting with illegal substance. Such trouble could and will ruin some of your children’s lives, possibly yours too. Some of your kids will use illegal drugs, such is their personal choice. They probably do already. What are you gonna do? Turn your back on them, turn them over to the state? What would Jesus do?

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