Molly? Who is to blame?
Saturday, November 2, 2013 • 9:44am
Who is at fault when people in their mid-20’s go to concerts and die from overdosing on MDMA, more commonly know as “Molly”? Is it the concert organizers for not providing reasonably priced liquids to the concertgoers? The Molly cooks? Or the people who take the deadly drug? These are the questions that leaders of the music festival Electric Zoo in New York City and other festivals are dealing with.
Molly is ecstasy, but it is known to have a higher purity of MDMA, which means it is not cut with other drugs. However, drug dealers are using the name so that consumers will think it has a higher purity, when in reality it does not. On August 30th, during the second day of a three-day music festival two people died and four other people were treated for overdosing on Molly. In the wake of these deaths, Electric Zoo, shut down the third day of performances. Additionally, another person died on August 28th, at a Zedd concert in Boston. This raises serious concerns as to why there are so many Molly overdoses at music events. It also brings up the question of who is at fault for these deaths; whether it is the event holders, drug consumers, or the drug makers.
Those blaming the event holders discuss the common side effect of overdosing on Molly through dehydration. It is not that the event holders do not provide water; they sell water bottles for a steep price of $5. The problem is that they charge so much for a bottle of water. These music festivals and concerts make a good profit. Would it really hurt to provide free water to all of the people who attend the events? Also, ticket prices could be increased by a couple dollars to make up the money for free water. In the end, the question has to be asked, is it more important for the rich to get richer, or to save lives because water is provided for free?
Most people would blame the deaths of these people on the drug abusers, because they did decide to take the drug. They should know what they are putting inside their bodies and know that drugs have the potential to kill. It is impossible to blame other people when one dies of a drug overdose. Many people would say that the person or thing at fault for the deaths of these humans was in fact themselves, because they took a very dangerous drug that is known to have side effects of dehydration, risk of seizures and death.
One reason that the people who consume Molly would not be at fault would be because they do not actually know what they are putting in their bodies. The drugs that MDMA could be cut with include caffeine, amphetamines, PCP and possibly even cocaine. All of these drugs could have a potentially deadly result when mixed with Molly, and it is why many people do not blame the consumer for their death. When a person consumes Molly they believe that they are getting pure MDMA, not MDMA cut with other drugs that could potentially be a deadly mix. The drug cook is very much at fault because they are cutting the Molly with deadly drugs.
In the end, there is not just one person to blame for these deaths; they fall on everyone from the event holders, to the person that overdoses, to the drug cook. However, one person has to be at fault more than the others, and that person is the drug cook. How can you blame a person for dying because they put something in their body that should not kill them? Molly users need to understand that they must look out for themselves, because no one else will. Being a teen myself, my age group is affected the most. As teens we want to have fun, and if taking Molly means that we will have fun, then a decent amount of people will take it. The way to solve the problem of people abusing Molly is better education about the drug. I believe that if we educate people on the risks of Molly, fewer people will want it and the drug cooks will no longer have a business. Through education and publicizing the devastating risks of taking drugs, potential Molly users and concert organizers have a chance to save lives.
Will Korth is a student at Westfield High School.
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