"Molly" Gaining Popularity


STAUNTON,Va. (WHSV) -- Molly is a drug that's becoming more popular and police and drug prevention experts are on the lookout.

It's a powder that people have even been putting on Ring Pops.

"That doesn't look like a deadly drug, but it is a deadly drug," said Keri Jones, a program coordinator with the SAW Coalition.

Molly is a synthetic, more pure form of ecstasy, or MDMA, gaining popularity thanks in part to a line from a Miley Cyrus song, "We Can't Stop."

"I certainly do think them hearing it in music makes them wonder, 'Well, I wonder what that is?' and then they might Google it or check it out or ask their friends, but it's also, it's easier to get. And they really do feel like it's not bad," said Jones.

The RUSH Drug Task Force said Molly is bad.

"It's just as dangerous as the MDMA itself. The effects on the body are pretty much the same. But when it comes in illegally like that in the powder form, and it's mixed, and there's no standardization or consistency, that's where you run into the issues with it," said Mark Campbell with the RUSH Drug Task Force.

Campbell said they've only seen a couple cases of it so far in Harrisonburg.

Staunton Police and the Augusta County Sheriff's Office said they've seen none, but police are investigating whether a UVA student who died last weekend used Molly before she collapsed and died at a club.

The key, Jones said, is educating the public, letting them know what Molly is before it becomes a problem in the area.


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