It’s always the same, getting high versus being healthy, enjoying your teenage life versus delving into the dark recesses of addiction. Welcome to the modern culture of glorifying drugs and substance-use. Today we bring you what we call “The Molly culture”.
What is Molly? It is the street name -slang for molecular- for MDMA, a pure, crystalline powder of the main chemical in ecstasy. False belief that somehow Molly was less dangerous than ecstasy contributed to the drug’s viral spread among young ravers. That and its publicized image between celebrities, among which are Miley Cyrus, Rihanna, Madonna and Kanye West. Miley Cyrus went as far as using “Molly” in the lyrics of her song “We can’t stop” where she sings
We like to party
Dancing with Molly
It’s clear that she leaves little to imagination but when confronted with song lyrics, Miley didn’t deny that she really meant the club drug and said that -as well as weed- Molly is a happy drug, a social drug, unlike coke.
Clearly the young think the same about Molly. In recent years, when ecstasy days have waned due to increased death reports, “Molly Culture” flooded the clubbing scene. In some states of the US, there has been a 100-fold increase in the number of Molly buyers as well as arrests, seizures, emergency room mentions, overdoses and subsequently deaths between the years 2009-2012 according to DEA (Drug Enforcement Adminstiration) figures. Drug vendors sell Molly in the form of capsules for $8 to $40. Molly also comes in the form of high-priced, specially branded water, called Mollywatr, which comes in a glow-in-the-dark container and uses slogans such as “Let’s Get HIGH Drated” and “Just Say Yes.” The consequences are just as drastic.
Molly is said to create lengthy, euphoric high with slight hallucinogenic properties. But in reality, the pure MDMA effect does not exist, according to Rusty Payne, a spokesman with the Drug Enforcement Administration. After inspection of “Molly” victims rushed into emergency rooms after collectively the drug at music venues, medical examiners found lethal mixtures of MDMA and methylone, a synthetic stimulant, in the patients’ blood.
“A lot of people are missing the boat here,” Payne said. “Molly could be anything … 80 to 90 percent of the time we are given a chemical or substance believed to be Molly, we’re finding most of the time it is something completely different.”
Synthetic drug designers at the chemical labs in Chine cook whatever drug combination that sells high and fast. Unsuspecting ravers and hipsters at electronic music parties buy anything that gives an instant high, and makes their partying even a more unforgettable experience. The result, however, is not as mesmerizing as these youths aim for. The number of visits to U.S. emergency rooms involving MDMA has jumped 123 percent since 2004, In 2011, the most recent year on record, there were 22,498 Molly victims, between deaths, overdoses and major serious effects. Molly overdose symptoms may include rapid heart beat, overheating, excessive sweating, shivering and involuntary twitching.
So what is the deal with the Molly Culture? Are the pop culture icons like Miley Cyrus and Kanye West to blame? In a huge part, they are. Not only do they glorify drug use but they insist on its “safety” as opposed to other drugs with addictive properties such as cocaine and heroin. They also make substance-use sound cool and a great thing to do, Madonna even asked some of her concert-goers if they “have seen Molly?” It’s basically a great thing to pop whatever capsule you buy at a concert from a random vendor or a friend. Not knowing what might be in it, the capsule might be your road to Xanadu or to the emergency room. All-in-all it’s a gamble, a Russian roulette that you play with your own safety and if you live to see what comes out of it, you might want to do it again and again, until the time comes for you to realize, Molly is nothing but an illusion of short-term happiness.
Written by: Jaylan Salah