Molly: Popular drug makes comeback

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Have you met Molly? She's proving to be a pretty popular lady these days and her effects can be deadly. Whether you have or haven't heard of Molly, you're child may be involved with her and drug experts say you need to listen up.

"Molly," "X," "MDMA" -- those are just some of the names for this old drug that seems to be making a new comeback. Molly often refers to the pure form of "MDMA," a chemical drug most commonly known for its use in the pressed pill, Ecstasy. Many people think taking Molly is safe.

But drug experts say if you think you know what you're getting in that tiny pill or capsule  you're sorely mistaken.

From music legends to rising stars, even professional athletes are sharing and signing Molly's tune.

Often referred to as the "love drug," Molly is known for making the user compassionate, mellow and comfortable.

"The first time we did it it was ridiculous. It was really fun, but I mean, more than that it was really eye opening. I had been living with two guys who I had shared nothing more than an occasionally high five with and for the first 45 minutes we were just hugging each other and just laying around and telling each other how much we loved each other," said a young man who asked not to be identified.

He said he did his research before doing the drug and liked the results.

"It's one of the most enjoyable drug experiences," he said.

Tama Sawyer, the Director of the University of Kansas Hospital's Poison Control Center says Molly has a dark side.

"We're talking seizures, we're talking huge headaches. We're talking foaming at the mouth, we're taling major muscle cramping. And you're talking about a trip to the hospital," Sawyer said.

She also says deaths from the drug are not uncommon, mostly because people think they are taking "X", another street name for Molly, but actually ingesting something entirely different.

"What's the guy in his basement thinking? He doesn't care. He only cares about the money he's making. So you've got somebody who may not even have a high school education who truly believes he's making X, does one thing wrong and you've got the wrong drug," she said.

Danielle Bilbrey is a forensic scientist at the Johnson County Kansas Crime Lab who's tested drugs that have come in labeled as molly.

"I've seen one tablet that had meth, MDMA, Special K, Pip or a Trip in it. It's a lot of stimulants and a halucinagin in one tablet," Bilbrey said.

"It's like the race among the people who make it to make a strong, better, faster, hipper version of something else and that something else could be deadly," she added.

Bilbrey said Molly was originally developed in Germany in the early 1900s. The company decided against producing it because it simply had too many negative side effects.

One hundred years later, stats from the drug abuse warning network seem to support that decision. The agency says from 2004-2009, there was a 123 percent increase in the number of emergency room visits involving the drug.

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