POSTED: Monday, May 13, 2013 - 5:47pm
UPDATED: Monday, May 13, 2013 - 5:54pm
Tyler (KETK) — There's a new form of drug that is gaining popularity among teens and young adults.
If you hear your kids talking about 'Molly,' it may not be just the name of a friend.
Molly got its name from the word "molecule."
It's supposed to be a purer form of ecstasy.
We spoke with one teen who says it's very easy to get, even here in East Texas.
But doctors warn it is highly dangerous and can even be fatal.
"You'll definitely see some kids rolling on Molly at parties," said one East Texas college student. "It definitely heightens your senses."
As innocent as "she" sounds, Molly is definitely not the girl next door.
"It causes all kinds of muscular problems, it causes hypothermia, it auto regulates your central nervous system, destroys muscle tissues, causes renal failure, liver failure and can lead to death," said Dr. Luis Fernandez, trauma surgeon at Mother Frances Hospital.
It's a powder form of MDMA, which is found in ecstasy.
One East Texas teen says it's cheaper than pot, pricier than cocaine, but it's the effects that many are after.
"What I've heard is, the crash isn't near as bad and the high is a lot better," Dr. Fernandez said.
Drugfree.org sites from 2004 to 2009, there was a 123 percent increase in the number of ER visits involving MDMA.
"The problem is, it,s highly addictive," Dr. Fernandez said.
Molly says it's often mixed other drugs, which makes for a dangerous combination, especially when used with alcohol, he said.
"It'll hit you hard, and if you don't make it through the first two or three or four days, you won't make it," said Dr. Fernandez.
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