Why 'Molly' is dangerous for your kids
DETROIT – Your kids may have a new friend by the name of Molly.
Molly has become wildly popular in town and is always hanging around.
Parents listen up: You definitely don't want your kids associating with Molly.
Molly comes across the bridge from Canada into Detroit almost every day to seduce teenagers looking for a good time here, at home and across the country.
Molly isn't a woman, but rather the street name for an illegal drug.
Molly is short for molecule and it is marketed as the purest form of the drug MDMA, the chemical used in ecstasy. Kids want it.
"Just messes them up, makes them dance and it is like X (ecstasy) so it makes them happy and whatever, free," said one Wayne State University student named Danielle.
Danielle says her friends take it for fun when they want to dance at parties.
Other students like Jasmine Lampkin know Molly can be a killer.
"I did have a classmate die from it this year. My senior year and it wasn't really cool. It was actually sad," said Lampkin. "His friends were all doing the same drugs and they didn't know it because they didn't pay attention to him because they were too high to notice that he was dying."
None of this is surprising to federal agents at the Detroit DEA office. They say the potentially deadly drug is hot nationwide and comes to America primarily from Canada.
Molly's first stop is Metro Detroit.
"There are seizures every week of Molly or MDMA coming across the border," said agent Rich Isacson.
How did Molly get so popular?
With the help of some star power like Michigan born Madonna, who named her latest album MDNA, then at a concert yelled out to the crowd, "Has anyone seen Molly, how many people in this crowd have seen molly? Are you ready to dance are you ready to sweat."
"You got a lot of pop music artist that are singing the praises of Molly which is very dangerous, it makes young people thing that it is not a dangerous drug," said Isacson.
Last week at Ford Field in Detroit, rapper Jay-Z took the stage to sing one of his most popular songs about the mysterious Molly.
Even the former Disney queen, Miley Cyrus, celebrates the party drug Molly in her new hit single "We Can't Stop."
When Basketball star Lebron James was caught singing a popular rap lyric "Popped a Molly I'm Sweating," during basketball warm ups, the video went viral with more than 200 million views
Isacson says the message to kids is clear, "They are doing it why shouldn't I? It is not that big of a deal if they are playing it on the radio station and singing songs."
Molly is so popular that it's hard for drug dealers to keep it in supply, a dangerous problem according to the feds.
In order to fill customers' orders, dealers will mix Molly with other chemicals like deadly bath salts, feds say.
"In the eyes of the federal government there is no legitimate use for this chemical and it is a very dangerous drug," Isacson said.
Local 4 medical expert Dr. Frank McGeorge says make no mistake, pure Molly or altered Molly, is not something to mess with.
"It causes a dramatic rise in body temp, heart rate abnormalities, behavioral changes, and quite frankly it can kill people who are not experienced in its use," he said.
A night out on the town with Molly could end with an emergency run to the hospital or worse, the morgue.
"Most likely my mom wouldn't know, but I guess after she sees this she will probably be kind of worried and want to talk to me about it a bit more," said Lampkin.
The feds say Molly is coming across the border faster than law enforcement can keep up with it and the more popular artists sing her praises, the higher the demand.
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