AUTHOR: Marisa ’15
Eleven Wesleyan students were sickened this Sunday by “a mixture of several kinds of designer drug chemicals,” Middletown police Chief William McKenna said. All 11 were hospitalized; two are still being treated at Hartford Hospital.
McKenna said that because the Molly that students took was a mixture of drugs, it made “the health risks unpredictable and treatment to combat the effects complex and problematic.”
Here is an article with more information on what has happened at Wesleyan.
Why did this happen if Molly is supposed to be safe? How is it different than ecstasy?
The most obvious difference between molly and ecstasy is the two is their physical form: Molly is a white powder or crystal–like substance and ecstasy is used to describe the pill or capsule form of MDMA.
Molly is often considered the purer form of MDMA. That is, many users believe that molly contains more MDMA and less filler compared to ecstasy pills. Comparing the two forms of MDMA, however, is very difficult because there are no regulations or quality control over the actual content in these illegal substances.
Molly has developed a reputation as being of higher quality and more costly than ecstasy pills — though this is not necessarily a deserved reputation! Molly can be also be cut with fillers or other potential drugs at any time in the process since it is in a powder form.
According to the Drug Enforcement Agency, only 13% of Molly contains any MDMA whatsoever. The website Ecstasy Data shows this in a scarily concrete way. The website is run by an independent laboratory pill testing program run by Erowid Center. Here, you can see just how very often sold ecstasy is actually made up of completely different substances, such as 100% meth.