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Richmond, VA—Parents, if you hear your child talking about "Molly," they might not be referring to a new friend. A new drug with a friendly name is becoming more and more popular among college students, and it is not only dangerous but potentially deadly.
"Molly" is a code name for MDMA, the main chemical in ecstasy. A local student tells 8News that the drug is not hard to find.
"It's not like I have to go digging to look for it to find it…I could call one person to find it."
The student, whose identity we are choosing not to reveal, spoke candidly about her experience with Molly, and says even popular songs make mention of the drug.
"It's very easy to find; you could attribute it to the increase in songs…people talk about it in songs.
Several songs by popular rap artist mention Molly, and last year, superstar singer Madonna was criticized for commenting at a music festival "Who here has seen Molly? Whoohooo!"
People who have tried Molly describe a felling of euphoria. A large part of the drug's appeal is that there are no immediate negative side effects. But experts say every time it is taken, it's like playing Russian roulette, because it could be laced with any number of other dangerous substances.
And there are serious long-term effects, such as depression, sleep problems, and anxiety. Our anonymous student witness agrees:
It decreases your brain cells…it fries your brain cells, and things like that. Being on hard drugs affects your body, it's been proven over and over again."
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