Experts warn against the use of "Molly"
Posted at: 09/01/2013 11:15 PM
| Updated at: 09/02/2013 9:28 AM
By: Joangel Concepcion | WHEC.com
Health professionals are calling "Molly" a nasty and dangerous drug.
Police say the club drug may be to blame for a the deaths of two people and the hospitalization of four others at a massive electronic music festival in New York City this weekend. They say Jeff Russ was one of the two people who died at the festival. The 23-year-old lived in Greece.
News10NBC spoke with the director of the National Poison Control about the dangers of using the drug.
Even though it hasn't been confirmed yet, experts say this is a drug that every parent should be aware about anyway. They believe “Molly” is the purest form of Ecstasy, or MDMA, and it has become more popular and more dangerous within the last year.
The Upstate New York Poison Control Center says the drug can cause severe agitation and hallucinations. It can make you drink lots of water that believe it or not, can lead to water poisoning. It can also cause seizures.
One of the biggest effects is hyperthermia. Experts say your body temperature can peak at 109 degrees and that's what often leads to death.
The drug can also cause muscle tension, nausea, blurred vision, an increased heart rate and blood pressure.
It doesn't stop there. Even if a person takes only one pill, the side effects of "Molly" include feelings of sadness, anxiety, depression, and loss of memory for several days to a week.
Here's what an expert had to say about the drug here in New York State.
“I think Molly, like the bath salts, like the synthetic marijuana, under certain set of circumstances which are very easy to have happened, we're seeing death.We have a significant problem in our state. The more educated we become, hopefully we'll be able to pass that on to our kids. I'm not sure that the people who use this stuff, realize the dangers,” said Michele Caliva, Administrative Director, Upstate New York Poison Control Center.
Experts say drug use is a big problem in every community and it damages thousands of lives in Rochester and Monroe County every year.
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