Use of party drug Molly increases on Staten Island
An old drug with a new street name is popular again on Staten Island.
Molly – a party drug linked to the recent deaths of a 20-year-old Staten Island man and four other young people in the North East – has seen an increase in use among 18 to 34-year-old borough residents, according to anecdotal data.
The drug raises serotonin levels in the brain causing feelings of euphoria, empathy and closeness with others. But, it also can cause unwanted side effects such as dehydration, fever, jaw clenching, hyperthermia and seizures.
While overdoses of Molly – formerly known as Ecstasy – are rare, they do happen, cautions Dr. Hugh B. Cummings, director of Clinical Services for the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at SIUH.
Marketed as pure MDMA, the drug is often cut with other ingredients that can lead to deadly consequences.
A crack down here on prescription pills may be fueling the uptick in Molly use by Staten Islanders, says Dr. Cummings.
"It's becoming more difficult for people to get access to opiates, so I think they're shifting to a whole host of other drugs including Molly."
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