NORFOLK – Your children may talk about Molly, but it’s possible they’re not talking about a person.
Just like marijuana had a nickname, Mary Jane, Molly is the term used for a pure form of Ecstasy’s base substance MDMA. It’s sold as a powder or capsules and is classified as a synthetic drug. It’s been around for a decade or more - the government issued an advisory for this club drug in 2003.
It's gained new traction as many musicians, including Madonna, Trinidad James and Tyga, glorified its use and name at concerts and in videos.
It's no surprise Molly's here in Hampton Roads.
“Everyone looks so sweaty and their eyes are real big. I’ve seen people throw up from it,” Jessica Keesler, a student at Old Dominion University described someone who was using the drug.
Sarah Graham adds, “They want to feel one with the beats and stuff, and I guess it just helps them if they can’t do it naturally.”
Molly acts as a stimulant, often a user starts heavily sweating and his blood pressure rises. Side effects range from vomiting to depression and sometimes death.
Social media and celebrities may be responsible for the growing curiosity with Molly as people who’ve tried it go online to talk about their experiences.
Law enforcement officials stress friends and parents can be the first line of defense – learning the warning signs and how to talk to their children and peers about it.
“After I learned about the effects of it, I'm like ‘don't do it again. It's pretty serious,’” Sharifa Reynolds told her friend who admitted trying Molly.
Since July 2012, the Drug Enforcement Administration and its partners have trained more than 700 officers in Virginia about synthetic drugs. The agency says it’s hard to put exact numbers on Molly use because it’s often included with data on synthetic drugs.