Do you know molly?
With the Ultra Music Festival in Miami this weekend, you may have heard her mentioned this week. Rumors have been spreading for a while, and you at least know your favorite pop and hip-hop artists sing about her, but you probably don’t know much more about her. Read on to learn the facts and bust the rumors about molly.  

So…Who is molly?

She’s a party drug marketed as pure MDMA sold in crystal, capsule or powder form.

She’s not who you think she is:

When Molly first hit the scene in the 1980s, she was the Ecstasy tablet’s generally purer sister. However, a lot can change in a few decades, and she’s no longer the “innocent” club drug she once was. In 2012, Miami police tested 337 confiscated molly drugs. Only 59 contained MDMA, while the other 278 contained methylone, the drug found in the notorious “bath salts.” Today, molly combinations often range from hazardous drug substances and research chemicals to baking powder and plant fertilizer without any traces of MDMA.

In short: Most of the time molly is a dangerous combination of unknown drugs and chemicals. 

She’ll drag you down:

 Pop a molly, you’re sweatin’ — because you’re experiencing a dangerously high increase in body temperature that causes severe dehydration and exhaustion.

Molly has extremely negative physical, as well as, mental side effects. The most known negative effects include confusion, anxiety, paranoia, insomnia, muscle tension, tremors, teeth grinding, muscle cramps, nausea, chills and blurred vision.  Additionally, the dip in serotonin levels after taking molly leads to extreme depression and suicidal thoughts. Suicide Tuesday is another name for the hangover following the days taking molly.

In short: Imagine a weeklong hangover paired with severe depression.

She’s deadly: 

With thousands of ER visits and several deaths within the past year, taking molly is a huge risk. All drugs are dangerous, but the toxic mystery mix of chemicals and hard drugs found in molly increase this risk. The severe side effects include seizures, hypothermia, heart problems, electrolyte abnormalities, comas and death.

In short: The unknown mix of toxic chemicals and drugs found in molly is deadly.

She’s addictively unreliable:

Some users describe their first experience with molly as incredible, but it’s all down hill from there. Subsequent experiences are never as euphoric, but users become obsessed with finding “good” molly and re-experiencing their first roll. What else would you expect from a random composition of stimulants, depressants and muscle relaxers? There is no such thing as good molly.

In short: Molly becomes worse with every experience.  


Where is she?

EDM (Electronic Dance Music) clubs, events and festivals attract young people using molly. Why? These festivals emphasize lights, colors, dancing, and fast-paced music, which are enhanced when on molly.  However, many of molly’s users are not old enough to drink alcohol, so venues commonly jack up water prices. The combination of dancing and lack of water increase the intensity of molly’s negative side effects.

Note: Ultra Music Festivals is one of the few EDM festivals with free water stations. If you’re going, invest in a hydration pack and stay hydrated! 


If you or a friend is interested in on-campus assistance or an evaluation for a substance abuse problem, schedule an appointment with the Counseling Center

If you are concerned about your substance abuse and are nervous to seek help, you are not alone. Check out the video below from the Counseling Center’s Stronger Than I Knew project