U.S. Justice Department Says Molly Use Has Declined

U.S. Justice Department Says Molly Use Has Declined

By McCarton Ackerman 09/18/14

Despite wreaking havoc at concerts across the country, fewer people have reported taking the drug.

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Molly seemed to be popping up everywhere from college parties to Miley Cyrus lyrics, but the U.S. Justice Department has reported that use of the synthetic drug is beginning to slow down.

Statistics from the 2013 National Drug Threat Assessment have reported that the number of teenagers using Molly dropped from 3.6% in 2011 to 3.1% in 2012. Law enforcement officials also seized 1.9 million doses of this particular form of MDMA in 2011, compared to around 173,000 doses in 2012. More anecdotally, a local college poll of 25 students at Idaho State University found that only three had seen the drug before and just two could get access to it from someone they knew.

However, the drug has continued to wreck havoc at concerts across the country and during the summer festival circuit. Thirty-six people attending an electronic dance music (EDM) concert in Boston were hospitalized and the culprit in most cases was a bad batch of Molly. It was also cited as the cause of death for two people at last year’s Electronic Zoo Festival in New York City and a woman attending a performance by DJ Zed at Boston’s House of Blues.

And while use of the drug may have gone down overall, it still remains a major problem ion college campuses and has left school officials debating what the best counseling approach is for Molly.

“You don’t know what you’re getting,” said Cassandra Nichols, director of Counseling and Testing Services at Washington State University (WSU). “(People think) that somehow because it’s in pill form, and it looks like a prescription pill, that it’s something that’s regulated, which it’s not. Or that somehow it being a more pure form of Ecstasy means something; it doesn’t.”

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