MOLLY – It’s Not Just a Girl You Used to Know!

The experience starts with a slightly bitter taste as it passes over the tongue. In a matterMH900431163 of minutes, a feeling of euphoria washes over you like waves. Soon a prolonged high kicks in (said to be like a long-term adrenaline rush) and you begin to feel loose and comfortable with those around you and feel like you belong wherever you are. In a few hours, that good feeling gradually diminishes and you return to normal with no withdrawal or depressed feeling. This is what a “MOLLY TRIP” feels like.

Sounds pretty great really, but that experience of ultimate belonging comes with a price. Molly” is the term used currently for the pure chemical in Ecstasy that’s responsible for Ecstasy’s euphoric high.

As we’ve seen in the news recently, it’s become a popular party drug alternative because Ecstasy pills are now being laced with everything from caffeine to pure methamphetamine, and these (and other more dangerous) contaminants are giving Ecstasy a bad reputation and causing thrill-seekers to look elsewhere.

MH900422879That’s where MOLLY comes in as a safer replacement. “Molly” (a name shortened from “molecule) is actually 3, 4-methylenedioxy-N-methylamphetamine (commonly known as MDMA) and it’s the colloquial name for the psychoactive chemical in Ecstasy that produces those distinctive emotional and social effects without the addictive properties that come from the additives usually now laced into Ecstasy pills.

According to statistics published by the United Nations, an estimated 10-25 million people globally used MDMA at least once in the previous year (2008 data). And its use is about the same as that of cocaine and methamphetamine compounds, but far less than cannabis use.

Although MDMA is considered a safer alternative than other psychoactive drugs, it does have its drawbacks and lethal potential. As the drug produces its signature euphoria, diminished anxiety and its unique feeling of mental and psychological intimacy with others, the drug also produces a distorted view of reality. This distortion is central to creating a strong potential for overuse (and lethal overdosing).MH900431161

With an overdose of MDMA, or Molly as it’s called on the dance floor, the user experiences a lethal increase in body temperature (partially from hyperactivity) and the hyperthermia could result in seizures, brain damage, cardiac arrest, or at the very least a temporary coma as the brain is flooded with serotonin (the feel-good neurotransmitter), norepinephrine and dopamine.

For my writer friends, this drug would make an excellent killing tool and a marvelous new twist for a murder mystery plot. The drug is usually found in powder or crystalline form and is either inhaled or eaten. Since the drug is bitter and can leave a nasty aftertaste, the drug is often “parachuted”—that is, it’s folded into a tissue and swallowed. Once the euphoric effects kick in, real time can become distorted for the user and repeated doses can be suggested or given to overdose.

MH900431111Interestingly, MDMA has therapeutic benefits as well, particularly in cognitive and psychiatric treatment settings. Studies have shown that MDMA can relieve PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), relieve the anxiety associated with terminal cancer and can be used to treat certain addictions. There again, I see additional potential for murder plots to be developed by a writer’s fertile mind.

MDMA (Molly) is criminalized in most countries and is found as a street drug. In the United States, it’s classified as a Schedule 1 drug by the DEA (like heroin) because of its high abuse potential and limited medical use.

It should be noted that the Global Commission on Drug Policy has considered a recommendation that educating the public about this drug might be more important than curtailing its supply. Now that’s an interesting thought for an international conspiracy plot if I ever saw one!

Thoughts? Comments? I’d love to hear them!

About James J. Murray, Fiction Writer

With experience in both pharmaceutical manufacturing and clinical patient management, medications and their impact on one’s quality of life have been my expertise. My secret passion of murder and mayhem, however, is a whole other matter. I’ve always loved reading murder mysteries and thrillers, and longed to weave such tales of my own. Drawing on my clinical expertise as a pharmacist and my infatuation with the lethal effects of drugs, my tales of murder, mayhem and medicine will have you looking over your shoulder and suspicious of anything in your medicine cabinet.
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5 Responses to MOLLY – It’s Not Just a Girl You Used to Know!

  1. Suzy Lapinsky says:

    Aside from the possibility of intriguing plot lines your last paragraph is, I think, a real key. Education about any and all drugs is the solution. They seem beneficial in the proper dosage and ineffective or deadly otherwise.

  2. Suzy, you take the words right out of my mouth.🙂
    Thanks for your comments!

  3. AFord says:

    I’ll 2nd Suzy’s sensible remarks. With that said, am glad I stumbled across your site. Have been wrestling with how best to address skeletal remains unearthed in my Main Character’s backyard by his pet dog, and your wealth of info here may help devise a manner of how the body initially met its demise. A bit of a challenge to the crime scene investigators if I go this route as oppose to the conventional methods I’ve been contemplating.

    All the best to you in your own writing.

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