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Announcements: Press Release on the drug "Molly"


Press Release on the drug "Molly"


Friday, September 13, 2013

In response to media coverage about recent Boston area drug overdoses, the North Reading Community Impact Team has received several inquiries about the drug "molly." We hope that residents find the following information useful and invite people to contact us at with any questions.


"Molly" is the name for a drug that has been known to contain 3, 4 methylenedioxymethamphetamine, also known as "ecstasy," "MDMA," "E," "X," "XTC," and "Adam." "Molly" is short for "molecule," since chemists would alter one molecule of the substance in order to ensure that the drug was not illegal in most states. However, molly purchased recently by law enforcement in the Boston area has been determined to contain little, or in many cases, no ecstasy at all. The molly obtained recently by law enforcement has been found to contain methylone, which is classified as a synthetic cathinone. Synthetic cathinones are central nervous system stimulants. Molly is most commonly distributed in the form of powder or pill and can appear almost any color. Another form of molly can appear chunkier and solid. It can be abused through almost any manner of introducing it into the body including injecting, inhaling, smoking, or dissolving in liquid form for drinking. Molly became popular on the rave scene around 2009 for their ability to amplify stimuli.
The National Drug Intelligence Center notes the connection between molly and other synthetic drugs, which have been known to be sold for ostensibly legitimate purposes in retail stores and online. These synthetic drugs can be sold as bath salts, research chemicals, plant food, cleaner, insect repellant and even vacuum fresheners. These chemicals, grouped together in the term "bath salts," are typically labeled "not for human consumption" to avoid law enforcement. Molly, however, is not marketed or sold for legitimate purposes. Any number of combinations of this synthetic drug, sold in an illegal and/or clandestine manner, is known as "molly."
Many synthetic cathinones are scheduled under the Federal Controlled Substances Act (CSA). However, possession and distribution of synthetic cathinones that are not specifically scheduled may be prosecuted under the CSA’s Analogue Enforcement Act of 1986. In addition, according to The Food and Drug Administration, it can also hold distributors in violation of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act as it, "considers any item promoted as a ‘street drug alternative’ to be an unapproved new drug." The National Drug Intelligence Center further notes that, "Most current routine drug testing screens do not detect the presence of synthetic cathinones." It also notes that, "As commercial drug testing companies develop drug screens, different synthetic cathinones will surface." This race between detection methods and chemically altering the drugs, combined with a limited understanding of how they metabolize in the body, will greatly affect the accuracy of early testing abilities.
Once ingested, the drug takes effect after only about 15 minutes. Symptoms include muscle tension, nausea, blurred vision, chest pain, increased heart rate and pressure, suicidal thoughts, paranoia,



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