Conversation Starters: Who is Molly?
Thursday, February 28, 2013 • 2:00pm
CHATHAM, NJ - Who is Molly? What is Molly? Local high school kids refer to it as Molly. Rappers have referenced going to "pop a Molly." It is Hip Hop's newest designer drug, not the girl next-door, and it is the top trending drug in many suburban communities including ours.
Molly is the powder or crystal form of the chemical MDMA, which is commonly used in Ecstasy pills. It in induces serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine, bringing on feelings of euphoria and increased energy.
Is Molly dangerous? Can you die from Molly? The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) considers MDMA to be a Schedule I controlled substance, which means it has a high rate of abuse and no accepted medical uses. The DEA states that MDMA can cause confusion, anxiety, depression, paranoia, sleep problems, and drug craving. It can produce elevated heart rates and distortion of thought processes, causing users not to realize their rising body temperature or fading stamina as they continue to party.
Combining MDMA with alcohol or other drugs can also be the cause of more serious side effects, ranging from dehydration, exhaustion, hyperthermia, seizures, cardiac episodes and comas. MDMA also depletes the body of neurotransmitters, which can lead to a decreased mood for a day or two after using the drug and can lead to long-term depression. The drug also can cause muscle tension, tremors, involuntary teeth clenching, muscle cramps, nausea, faintness, chills, sweating, and blurred vision.
In the last two weeks, I have been hearing a lot about Molly. As a mom and as a local psychotherapist, I feel it is crucial that we all know about Molly.
Ask your kids if they know her!
Here is a list of strategies that I hope will help to keep our kids safe:
1. Don't be afraid to ask your kids where they are going tonight, or after school.
2. Call you’re the parents of your kids’ friends to see if they are going to be home. Ask what the drinking and drug policy is at their home.
3. Don't be afraid to say no to your child. "No, you can't go to that party or no, you cannot go to that concert." Do you ever wonder what goes on at the sleepover? Typically, sleepovers are the best way for your kids to conceal how much they have been drinking our experimenting with drugs.
4. Don't be afraid to set boundaries and enforce consequences. Kids actually appreciate having structure.
5. Don't be afraid to ask for help. Ask your clergy, guidance counselors, and community resources including family therapists.
Just like the saying goes, it takes a village to raise our kids. It takes resilient parents and a strong community to raise healthy and safe kids.
Have a candid conversation with your children about the new kid in school, Molly.