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Doctors Fear Drug Molly May Spike Again in Miami Valley
DAYTON -- Go to almost any college campus and ask about the name Molly.
"Molly the party drug," said Evan Greco. "I just heard it's becoming bigger on college campuses."
Molly is sending more 18- to 24-year-olds to hospitals, but the drug is nothing new. It's ecstasy that has been re-branded and sometimes remixed with other drugs and then given a new name, Molly, short for Molecule.
"It's marketed as a pure form of ecstasy, which means it's not laced with other drugs and we know that's not true because the cases that are coming into the emergency room when they do the toxicology labs what they're finding is things like bath salts and methamphetamines," said Andrea Hoff of Montgomery County Alcohol Drug & Mental Health Services. "So they think they're taking Molly when in fact they're taking something else."
"The thing about these types of tablets is there is no quality control so where a user one time may take one tablet to get a certain effect the next time they may take four to get the same effect," Miami Valley Regional Crime Lab forensic chemist Brooke Ehlers.
These unregulated dosages easily lead to overdosing where your heart rate and body temps will increase and could alter your mental status.
"You'll see 10 or 15 people in the room trying to control the person," said Dr. Dennis Mann of Miami Valley Hospital Department of Emergency Medicine. "Security personnel, nurses it really uses all of our resources to have one or two of these people here."
So far this year, the Miami Valley Regional Crime Lab has seen nine overdose cases. The numbers have been pretty steady since we saw a spike of nearly 80 cases in 2007, but now with recent deaths nationwide and all of the pop culture references, doctors say parents need to be talking to their children a little more.
"It's been mentioned in music lyrics by Miley Cyrus, Kanye West," said Hoff. "We saw Madonna mentioning it at a concert, too. Young people are listening to the music, they're going to the parties and they're being influenced by it."
"You have no idea what you're getting, what purity, what else might be in there with it, what might be the effects of those things that are in it and what they might do in combination," said Mann. "It's very likely it will not cause the effect you're looking for."
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