Ecstasy knock-off Molly fuels electronic dance music rave
MIAMI — Electronic dance music (EDM) is sometimes associated with amphetamine drugs such as Ecstasy, which EDM fans often say enhances their enjoyment of the music. This association has gotten law enforcement interested in the electronic dance music — rave scene, and has prompted drug manufacturers to innovate with the creation of Molly, the latest Ecstasy imitator.
The Ultra Music Festival, once a low budget, one-day affair for a few thousand electronic dance music fans, has turned into a huge two weekend-long party expected to attract 300,000 participants from around the globe paying $300 for a three-day pass. But the popularity of electronica festivals like Ultra and the rave scene has also attracted law enforcement, whose mission is to staunch out the drug usage associated with the electronic dance music scene.
The latest innovation dubbed ‘Molly,’ (also called Mandy) is a refined form of Ecstasy, and gets its name from the MDMA molecule, which creates feelings of euphoria and gives partiers the energy to dance through sunrise, Reuters reports. At last years’ Ultra, pop diva Madonna made a surprise appearance causing a stir when she called out to the audience; “‘How many people in this crowd have seen Molly?’”
Researchers at the University of Miami have found that Molly is not safe. It “can cause hemorrhages in the brain in young healthy people that have no other conditions that would predispose them to having hemorrhages,” said Dr. Ronald Benveniste of the University of Miami’s medical school.
Patients who suffer brain hemorrhages after using drugs often do so due to mixing substances. Yet with Molly “the drug itself is sufficient to cause hemorrhages,” Benveniste said.
Miami police Lt. Dan Kerr said there will be undercover officers in the crowd during Ultra as “it’s a natural draw” for drug dealers.
Labeling Molly as “pure” is misleading, he warned. “They think it’s better and gives a better, cleaner high,” Kerr said. “It’s an unregulated and unlicensed drug, so you don’t know what you are getting.