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The Dangers of Street Drugs

Street drugs have variety nicknames, usually in an attempt to bypass suspicion and legal consequences for the illegal drug trade for parties on both ends. There’s a few we all probably recognize:

  • Molly
  • Angel Dust
  • Acid
  • Blow
  • X
  • Ganja
  • Ice
  • Oxies
  • Bars

Knowing these names and attempting to be “in” or “hip” doesn’t mean you know exactly what it is you’re taking. That’s an incredibly dangerous game to play; so many of the overdose deaths caused each year are due to the unknown nature of the concoctions we sometimes ingest without a moment’s thought. Typically these lethal substances are trendy, new designer drugs which are difficult in their own right to perfect, causing issues with dosages and controlling strength, which also leads to overdose dangers.

MDMA Poses Danger in Dance Scenes

These street names often lead to another perilous obstacle; these nicknames make it easy to camouflage just how deadly these substances can be.

A perfect example is the popular club drug, Molly. Popular among teens (and apparently, Miley Cyrus), people often falsely believe that Molly is a safer alternative to so called “harder drugs” like pure MDMA or Ecstasy. That assumption could be deadly.

To understand where MDMA, Ecstasy, and Molly differ, you must first understand drug adulteration and how it effects potency. For some drugs, adulteration lessens the effects, but increases the longevity. Other adulteration provides a massive boost for the high as well as the longevity. When it comes to MDMA and its derivatives, it’s a bit of both.

MDMA has been around 1912, but grew to popularity in the 70s and 80s among the clubbing and dance scenes, due to it’s effects:

  • Increased energy
  • Pleasure
  • Distortion in sensory and time
  • Emotional boosts

While the drug has experienced spike and dips in popularity over the decades, it’s continued presence in the underground world of drugs and drug abuse is in part due to its derivatives: Ecstasy and Molly.

Miley Cyrus and Molly
“Miley Cyrus Gypsy Tour” by Eva Rinaldi. Licensed under CC by 2.0.

The difference between Ecstasy and Molly can be a grey area, because it often depends on rather the substance in question is adulterated or not. Both Ecstasy and Molly come in pure MDMA forms- but more often than not they are adulterated with unidentified substances which can cause unanticipated effects.

Molly is perhaps more adulterated than Ecstasy, with most of the drug available on the streets mixed with substances like heroin, Fentanyl, and other dangerous substances. While thinning out the MDMA may be profitable for those manufacturing and selling Molly, the threat of overdose only increases with each new ingredient introduced into the concoction. Rumor has it that Miley Cyrus’ health issues involving Tachycardia were complicated by her open use of the drug- which makes sense when you consider some of the health effects MDMA can have on the body includes heart failure and arrhythmia.

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