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Investigator: Dangerous 'Molly' elevates sex desires

11:44 PM, Feb 12, 2013   |    comments
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NORTHEAST OHIO -- She's very popular. She'll likely elevate your sexual desires. But she's also dangerous and potentially deadly.

Your teenage children probably know about her and perhaps party with her.

Meet Molly.

"Molly is an incredibly potent amphetamine drug, which is very dangerous in terms of abuse and very dangerous in terms of addiction," said Dr. Ted Parrran, an addiction treatment specialist at St. Vincent Charity Hospital in Cleveland.

The FBI and DEA in Cleveland say the drug is on their radar. "It's being touted as a sex drug," FBI agent Vicki Anderson said. "It's an illegal substance and we're looking at it federally."

Experts say Molly is considered to be a pure form of ecstasy. It comes in tablets, capsules or powder. It can be eaten, snorted or mixed in a drink. It's often found at concerts, nightclubs, parties and raves.

The drug floods the user's brain with excess serotonin, the neurotransmitter associated with happiness.

But it has potentially severe consequences that include:  seizures, strokes and heart attacks which can cause death.

Judy, a Cleveland resident, says she began using at age 15. "The crash is very, very hard. The next day you pay for that big high you get," she said.

Another occasional user told the Investigator that the drug leaves you feeling affectionate and compassionate. He also said you can can feel depressed the next day.

Dr. Parran said it can lead to long-term depression. "Users often have thougths of suicide," he said.

Experts say there's a widespread misconception that Molly is safe because of number of users don't experience the long-term side effects.

But doctors report a 123 percent increase over the past few years in the number of people rushed to emergency room for using Molly and alcohol at the same time.

"It's hard to underestimate its danger," Dr. Parran said.

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