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North Reading, MA 01864
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Announcements: Helpful Information on Drug Molly


Helpful Information on 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, seizures, a hyper alert state and teeth clenching. People have also reported depression, insomnia, anxiety, memory irregularities, and other symptoms lasting for several days to a week. According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, the drug produces similar effects to those produced by amphetamine, methamphetamine, and cocaine. The Drug Enforcement Administration also reports that some users of synthetic cathinones “have acted violently and unpredictably causing harm, or even death, to themselves or others.”
What can you do?
1. Send an anonymous tip to the North Reading Police by typing the word NRPD along with the tip to 847411 (tip411) to report underage drinking or drug activity in North Reading. To make an anonymous phone tip, call anytime to 978.657.8477 (TIPS).
2. Connect to the North Reading Community Impact Team by visiting our website, emailing us at or like us on Facebook.
3. If you are a teen, become involved in organized activities such as the Middle School Youth Group, High School Youth Group, or become a mentor through Youth Services. For more information, email Amy Luckiewicz at
4. If you are a parent, continue to educate yourself on substance abuse prevention. If you are concerned of about a family member, contact Youth Services at 978.357.5281. Always call 911 in an emergency.





Created at 9/14/2013 5:25 PM by Joe Thibodeau
Last modified at 9/14/2013 5:25 PM by Joe Thibodeau