(As of Friday, October 11th, 2019)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has now confirmed 1,299 probable cases of vaping related illness across the United States. The number of deaths has jumped from 18 last week, to 29 as of today. A 17 year old boy from the Bronx died last week, marking the youngest death linked to vaping so far. Doctors are still unsure of what exactly is making people sick. On October 3rd, the CDC revealed that out of the 578 cases where doctors were aware of what their patients were inhaling, 78% of patients said they vaped THC, while 17% said they exclusively used nicotine products. Many have been diagnosed with lipoid pneumonia, which is when "oils or fats have entered the lungs that should not be there," said Daniel Fox, a pulmonologist and critical care expert at WakeMed. Lipoid pneumonia is typically found in elderly patients, and usually related to choking or aspiration, which is why Fox finds it unsettling to see so many young people being diagnosed One patient, 18 year old Adam Hergenrede, who admitted to using vape devices for over a year, was hospitalized with severe respiratory sickness in August. He said his doctor told him that he has the "lungs of a 70-year-old. The lack of scientific information regarding long-term health effects of vaping is a large concern. "We are in desperate need of facts," said Mitch Zeller of the FDA. The statistics regarding this mysterious illness are rapidly changing, as the number of cases continues to rise. Currently, doctors advise the public to avoid vaping completely, until more reliable information is made public.
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.