Pure form of ecstasy, 'Molly', on the rise for teens
Posted at: 09/24/2013 6:10 PM
By: Kim Tobin, KOB Eyewitness News 4
Medical experts at UNM Health and Sciences and the DEA say ecstasy is making a comeback. The pure form, referred to as Molly, is increasing in popularity, especially amongst teens.
Director of New Mexico Poison Control, Jess Benson, said they usually see about 30 to 40 exposures a year. In 2011 it was almost double that. And the numbers continue to jump around.
"The issue is that these drugs have a tendency to cause the person to take one dose, then not realize it," said Benson. "They take another, and another, and another. Eventually they wind up overdosing."
Just last month a 14-year-old girl died when she overdosed on ecstasy at a foam party at Expo New Mexico.
"You do not know how your body is going to react to it," said Eduardo Chavez with the DEA. "First time users, even a little bit, can react completely different compared to someone else."
But how are kids getting it?
Chavez says big ecstasy busts are not very common, but they usually find the drug during marijuana or heroin busts.
"It's a product that is unfortunately available, or if not, they will make it available," Chavez said. "Just like any other store that says, 'Hey, you want this product? Let us know and we will make it available for you.'"
Albuquerque public school police have officers on campus looking out for the drugs. Officials tell us they have not seen an increase of ecstasy in schools recently.
Doctors say it's important to talk to your child about drug abuse early in life. They suggest starting as young as age eight.