Overdoses of Party Drug Pushed by Pop Stars Skyrockets
Updated: Tuesday, November 5 2013, 10:02 AM EST
Don't be fooled by the innocent name, experts say, "Molly" is a new party drug that's anything but. The drug, which has seen rising popularity among teens, is a mixture between an amphetamine speed and hallucinogens and is responsible for an increasing number of teen deaths.
A recent UN report indicates almost 2.5 million people in the United States use Molly at least once a year.
"Kids are dying from this stuff and it's happening every single day," Gary Tuggle of the DEA told FOX45. Two people in New York died over Labor Day after taking what they believed to be Molly, but turned out to be bath salts
FOX45 tracked down a Molly dealer in Baltimore. The drug is sold at prices that make it easily accessible to the younger population.
"You can buy from you know a $10 bag all the way up to the ounces," the dealer told FOX45. "A lot of kids they buy a pill some people buy it by the gram."
It's not just drug dealers pushing Molly, lyrics of popular songs are laced with references to the drug, driving its popularity to a new high. Overdoses have skyrocketed. In Maryland there have been 39 overdoses involving hallucinogenic amphetamines just this year.
"Unfortunately I do think it's going to get worse," Tuggle said. "When we start sending the message of glorifying the name 'Molly' as acceptable by society kids are going to be more apt to try it. What we need to do is wave that flag and say 'No, this stuff is bad for you. It will kill you.'"
The drug was allegedly manufactured in laboratories in China and smuggled to the US for distribution in as many as 20 different states, including Maryland. The investigation began back in June of 2012 when federal authorities were tipped off to the supplier of the chemical compounds used to make ecstasy pills.
The supplier would take orders for the chemical compounds via internet, and mailed the drugs to the states. Upon learning about the scheme, federal agents sought and received a court order authorizing the interception of emails from the Chinese supplier to possible suspects in the US. Law enforcement generated as many as 450 leads during the 30-day interception period allowed under the court order.