Beware of "Molly"
New addictive drug being marketed to teens
Cape Coral, FL — If you hear your kids mention "Molly", they may not be talking about a friend.
The name invokes the idea of the girl next door, but "Molly" is the latest drug craze among teens and young adults.
Matt Wright sat down with teens who have used the drug and say it's easy to get.
One of those teens, "Diane", 15, did not want to be identified. But she described the night she met "molly" at a house party.
"Some people were taking it, and then I took some," she said. "Everybody was trying them."
Far from just an innocent name, "Molly" is a powder form of MDMA, the drug you find in ecstasy.
"I popped one then snorted a line of another one," said Julian, another "Molly" user who did not want to show his face.
Short for molecule, "Molly" is popular because it is being marketing as a "pure" form of ecstasy.
"A lot of people think it's safe because of the way people talk about it," said Diane.
"Molly is pure MDMA. Ecstasy is usually cut with stuff," said Julian.
But these are common misconceptions. "Molly" is often mixed with highly-addictive drugs like cocaine, meth and bath salts. The drug is landing more people in local emergency rooms.
"What they actually took is not what they thought they took," said emergency physician Dr. Timothy Dougherty.
And the teens tell NBC, it's easy to get your hands on.
"The nerdiest kid in school could probably point you to someone who would know how to get it," said Julian.
The club drug is most popular among teens and those in their early twenties.
It's impossible to pin down the exact number of "Molly" users, but the rise is noticeable.
"I would probably say about this time last year, we didn't really hear much about it. It was maybe mentioned here and there. we weren't really having anybody test positive for it, but currently, we are," Emily Naranjo, a substance abuse counselor.
"Molly" is an amphetamine, a stimulant that raises blood pressure and body temperature.
It can lead to seizures, kidney failure, heart attack, even death.
"They have to be aware that these are not benign drugs, no matter what anyone says. And Molly may sound benign but it's not," said Dougherty.
While "Molly" implies she's the girl next door, these kids now know she's not their friend.
"The next day you wake up you're just brain dead," said Julian.
"It's not worth your life for a pill," said Diane. "The probability of you dying.. It's just not worth it."