A thrill that kills is stalking East County teenagers

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She is not your average girl next door, your high school sweetheart and definitely not your friend—she is a stone cold killer.

Molly is her name and she is responsible for an explosion of teen deaths and East County is no exception. So who is this harbinger of death Ms. Molly?

Her professional name is MDMA (3-methoxy-4,5-methylenedioxyamphetamine) and her business is providing one of the most euphoric highs to inquisitive teens at a dangerous price.

She is not your average girl next door, your high school sweetheart and definitely not your friend—she is a stone cold killer.

Molly is her name and she is responsible for an explosion of teen deaths and East County is no exception. So who is this harbinger of death Ms. Molly?

Her professional name is MDMA (3-methoxy-4,5-methylenedioxyamphetamine) and her business is providing one of the most euphoric highs to inquisitive teens at a dangerous price.

Around since the hippies were rolling doobies at Woodstock, MDMA has hit the schoolyards under its new alias. Integrated into much of modern culture it took the title of rap sensation Tyga’s “Molly,” which sold millions in the U.S.

With prices as low as $10,  affording a dose is as easy as saving up lunch money. This extremely low price paired with its abundance boosted its popularity exponentially since MDMA’s humble beginnings in 1913.

Unlike its counterpart ecstasy, which is usually cut with other drugs, Molly is a pure form MDMA. To most people this would seem like a good thing but the facts show is more dangerous than the cocaine, heroin or meth additives in ecstasy.

This problem deals with the heart of almost every overdose—the drug culture. Today drugs are as common as a post on Facebook and it is custom to push the boundaries of just how high you can get.

Standard dosing for Molly is 120 mg but overdosed victims have been found with quadruple that amount in their system.

Usually taken orally or snorted, it begins as a nice happy bliss with a light, tingly body feeling, taking 15 minutes or longer to kick in. From there you begin to have and increased heart rate and break a sweat, which coined the iconic phrase, “popped a Molly now I’m sweatin.” 

At this point the extreme euphoria hits, a sense of excitement and happiness washes over your body. Symptoms intensify to a high so euphoric that Molly gains a new lover in her harem of addicts.

But in this bittersweet romance, Molly usually comes out unscathed. As her lover’s sweat begins to pour profusely, the heart beats like a nine-pound hammer, and the brain turns into scrambled eggs as the stomach wretches with convulsions of pain throwing up foam.

At that point it is too late. Hitting the floor can be followed by a stroke, instantaneous brain death or a plethora of other fatal symptoms.

Overdosed.

 

Nicholas Vaughn is a senior at Valhalla High School’s journalism program.