May we talk about drugs and drug abuse this week? It's interesting to see the misinformation from television, movies and music regarding a drug known as "Molly." Molly is the powder or crystal form of MDMA, the chemical used in Ecstasy.
Madonna, Miley Cyrus and Kanye West have all put mention in their music about Molly, and for a parent, it doesn't sound like anything threatening, does it? They may portray Molly as a kinder, safer way to get high, but let's look at that for a minute.
Molly comes in tablets, capsules or colorful pills and typically sells for between $20 to $50 a dose.
Molly is a schedule I controlled substance, meaning it has a high potential for abuse and no accepted use in medical treatment.
Molly is not the pure form of Ecstasy, but it tends to get mixed with a variety of other components, from talcum powder to heroin. Bottom line: the user most often doesn't know what's being ingested.
Molly is typically known to produce euphoric highs and feelings of extreme alertness. What many people don't realize is that some users will instead experience feelings of sadness, anxiety and depression that may last up to a week or longer for regular users.
Side effects of Molly? Muscle cramping, nausea, blurred vision, rapid heart rate, high blood pressure - and death.
The Mental Health and Recovery Services Board of Seneca, Sandusky and Wyandot Counties is committed to sharing information and resources for better mental health and the prevention of substance abuse. It has a website, www.mhrsbssw.org, and a link to our Facebook page. If you would like more information, please call the Mental Health and Recovery Services Board at (419) 448-0640 between the hours of 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. weekdays. The board's hotline is available 24/7 at (800) 826-1306.