DEA warns of dangerous drug called 'Molly'

Fox San Antonio

SAN ANTONIO -- It's initial popularity was in nightclubs, because it made people want to dance the night away, but now an even more dangerous knock off may be giving young teens more than what they bargained for.

The old party drug-ecstasy has a new knock off, with a sweet-sounding name. Molly.

But there is an extremely dangerous thing that users may not know about this drug they are taking at clubs and raves.

We asked, "Is this like a drug from the 80s, that kind of went dormant and now it's back up in popularity?"

Dante Sorianello, DEA special agent, say's "It's always been out there, in pill form, capsule form, it's been out there in smaller communities, not just broad distribution there, like we've seen now in the pill and capsule form and yes from the 80s through the 90s."

Molly is drug dealer's synthetic attempt at reproducing the more pure form of MDMA(molly/ecstacy), a drug that was initially created to treat depression but later sold illegally by drug dealers who discovered that young people were attracted to it because of its effects.

"It has a psychedelic effect, it gets your heart beat going, your blood pressure going, makes you feel very warm at times" say's Sorianello.

It also gives you a feeling of bliss, euphoria and more intense sexual experiences.

The Molly revolution, as the DEA calls it, is when you see the drug in its powder base that's more commonly seen now a days.

"When is referred to as Molly, it's normally ground up into a powder form and normally snorted. When it's ecstasy, MDMA, normally in a pill or capsule form." say's Sorianello.

Molly has been marketed to a younger age group, 12 to 17 as the more pure MDMA.

When in fact, it is the more dangerous drug that the user has no idea what mix of chemicals they may be getting.

The DEA tells us that Molly like any synthetic drug is more dangerous because the user has no idea what mix of chemicals maybe in the "Molly" they're taking.

"There's been various overdoses associated with it, because anything that gets your heart rate going, your blood pressure up, sometimes people don't know that they have something wrong with them internally with their own body, it can cause a reaction" say's Sorianello.

On the Frontlines, on the streets, Fox San Antonio and the DEA are keeping you informed and safe.

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