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There are 16 comments on The Trouble with Molly

  1. Rarely do you hear a cop all but admit that drug prohibition, and hence the inability to validate its contents, is the main cause of that drug’s related ailments.

    Also, to the author, its hard to really weigh the danger of MDMA without some context. In the same time frame, how many reported alcohol overdoses were there?

    1. I agree with the concern of context, but comparing numbers of MDMA overdose to alcohol would be a false comparison. The dangers of any substance should we weighed in proportionality, not raw numbers. Far more people consume alcohol than MDMA. If a comparison is needed, it should be what percent of users of MDMA overdose as opposed to the percent of alcohol consumers who overdose. Given that there’s no knowledge of how many people consume either substance, this type of comparison is likely impossible to project for academic purposes.

    1. I fully agree with this statement. There are ways to use drugs responsibly, outside of the care and advice of a physician. Achieving altered states of consciousness may be beneficial to the user, whether to have fun or explore whichever, whatever within his/herself.
      And blacking out on alcohol has been rated by several research studies to be much much worse for you than using MDMA and staying hydrated.
      I believe the source of the problem is the ‘bad batch’ theory- where ‘molly’ has been tested recently to contain much more than MDMA and kids don’t know what theyre getting.
      In addition, people don’t use drugs responsibly, are inexperienced with drugs, and listen to their friends and rand-os at EDM shows. Molly is becoming a gateway hard-drug and that’s dangerous because new users don’t understand dosages, the proper contexts to buy and use, or how to take care of themselves while using such drugs

  2. People generally don’t overdose on MDMA itself. The LD50 for the drug is pretty high (the average person probably wouldn’t be willing to even spend the money it would cost to overdose since it would be several hundred dollars for one time). That being said, people generally overdose on what MDMA is cut with, test your drugs if you plan to use them. Saying “don’t do drugs, they’re bad, mkay” isn’t doing any favors because people will always do drugs. Also don’t buy your drugs off the nice man at the concert, they’re more than likely cut pretty bad.

  3. I suspect more people have died from heroin overdoses than will ever die from “molly. Heroin is cheap, readily available, and deadly. Wish there was more public education on its use. Perhaps it’s because heroin is considered to be a “street drug” and molly a club drug. Heroin deaths occur out of the public’s eye. Out of sight, out of mind as the saying goes.

  4. Greg, the proportion of people who visit the ER from alcohol is definitely higher than from E. Just don’t be stupid with any drug (alcohol included): stay hydrated, take breaks to cool off, and don’t take more than you can handle – know your limits.

  5. MDMA as a substance is a safer drug than most prescriptions.
    MDMA as a street drug suffers from the dangers imposed by drug dealers and their reactions to drug prohibition laws. E has killed a few people due to dehydration. The DEA has killed more people by enforcing the laws and driving the distribution network into the hands of criminals.
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    Drug policy is not simple. Simple solutions like prohibition and ‘just say no’ don’t work. Drug use in consultation with your doctor(s), as is now possible for marijuana, is much more sane than the laws of the USA for most of our lives.
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    It is very encouraging to hear a DEA agent blame the deaths on adulterated drugs rather than the actual chemicals. Many folks in the DEA have to be getting sick of spending resources on mildly dangerous drugs when they could be focusing on seriously dangerous drugs like meth.

  6. I’m pretty suprised at how many of you endorse molly use. Likely none of you are experts but some still claim to know how to use the drug resposibly. How can you so eagerly defend its legalization? The drug, cut or not, is addictive and dangerous. Dehydration and depression are well known dangerous after-effects yet for the simple euphoria you get you might have all party goers use it.

    1. I completely agree with this view…I think people are defending it to somehow make their use of the drug excusable…

      It’ll be a dark day when it is widely acceptable to rely on chemicals to “have fun”.

    2. The drug is not physically addicting, mental addiction is just lack of self control or care among other things. When spread out over a long enough period of time the drug has been show to be virtually harmless to the body.

    1. Molly was originally the street name for MDMA but at this point molly means anything that looks remotely like MDMA that people are dumb enough to buy before testing.

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