With the rise of electronic dance music (EDM) comes the unfortunate resurgence of the notorious party drug, MDMA. Young people call it Molly, M or Ecstasy, scientists call it 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine, and doctors call it lethal.
Within one weekend across three music festivals, 40 young people were hospitalized, 13 required medical treatment and three died as a result of taking tainted drugs. So many different names can result in multiple misconceptions. Here are a few myths that we’ve debunked to give you an idea of the dangers of dancing with Molly:
Myth: Molly makes you feel free, euphoric and happy.
Fact: Although these effects are a possibility, you are also taking the gamble of experiencing any of the following other side affects: hallucinations, anxiety, cracked teeth, delirium, overwhelming feeling of restlessness, dehydration, involuntary muscle contractions, permanent depression, stiffness, profuse sweating, a raging fever, seizures or even death.
Myth: MDMA is in pure drug form, so it is safer.
Fact: It is extremely rare to find a “pure” form of MDMA, and this is because back in 1988, MDMA and the chemicals used to make it were banned by the United Nations. MDMA manufacturers claim their product is pure, but the reality is that they cut the drug with things like caffeine, cough syrup, baking soda, cocaine and even meth. No matter what chemical combination you get, taking it can cause liver, kidney, heart failure or even death.
Myth: If I only take a small amount, I am not at risk.
Fact: Limiting intake of MDMA does decrease detrimental effects, but it also decreases the high. When you’re even a little bit affected by this dangerous drug, your body tells your brain, “get me more.” As the effects fade, this often turns into the desire to consume more drugs or alcohol, which creates interactions that could kill.
The bottom line: Drug dealers and other users will make up nonsense to make money and fit in. You can never be sure what you are taking and how it will interact with your body. The only way to stay safe is to be aware of the risk and refrain.
For more, watch this PSA from Toronto Police Service to find out what is really in those pressed pills and powders: https://youtu.be/U2zlPSCZDmE