Have You Met Molly?

Molly, derived from the word molecule is commonly used as a recreational drug.  The chemical make-up is 4-Methylmethcathinone (4-MMC) and 4-Methyl-N-Ethylcathinone (4-MEC) or MDMA.  4-MMC and 4-MEC are controlled substance analogues of methcathinone, a Schedule I controlled substance.  Molly, is MDMA that is sold in powered or crystallized form.  When MDMA is sold as a tablet it is commonly sold as “Ecstasy.”

When taken in low doses, norepinephrine is released into the body which can result in increased blood pressure, appetite suppressions, motor restlessness, insomnia, and increased alertness.  In high doses norepinephrine, dopamine and serotonin are released which can result in dizziness, agitation, dry mouth, dilated pupils, excitability, and euphoria.

Considered by some to be a party drug, the substance is illegal and can produce harmful side effects such as rapid heart rate, anxiety attacks, hypertension and hyperthermia.  The risk of harmful effects is increased when the drug is taken in conjunction with other substances of abuse.  According to SAMHSA, “74 percent of emergency department visits involving Ecstasy use also involve the use of a least one or more substances of abuse.”

For more information about Molly, MDMA or Ecstasy visit SAMHSA.gov


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