Greensboro, NC -- "Molly" is an old drug with a new name. Greensboro police told us the drug has become popular the past two years among young people.
Parents might want to listen more closely if they hear their kids talking or singing about "molly". They might not be talking about a girl. Your kids could be talking about a drug.
Recently, "molly" is referenced in music. There are even t-shirts that say, "Have You Seen Molly?"
Molly might be a new trend, but it's not a new drug. Greensboro Police told WFMY News 2's Liz Crawford that molly is ecstasy. It's the exact same drug with the same effects. It's just been rebranded and looks differently.
Greensboro Police told News 2 it's most popular among young people because it's often taken at parties and dances.
"When you go to the club, the lights are more vivid. The music sounds better. It makes you lose your inhibitions. You feel more emotionally connected with other people. It gives you more energy, explained Greensboro Police Officer Douglas Campbell.
There is a misconception that "molly" isn't as dangerous as ecstasy or other drugs because those who sell it say that it's a more pure form of MDMA, the chemical in ecstasy. But there's no guarantee you know what you're getting.
Dr. Joseph Lee, the Director of Youth Services at Hazelden Treatment Center said, "I've seen a number of people who have taken mollies and then they later find out that they've actually taken methamphetamine or other chemicals that are similar to molly but are not and some of these chemicals in the same dosages as molly can be very dangerous."
"Molly" increases the heart rate and can cause dehydration leading to heat strokes, muscle spasms, coma, or even death.
WFMY News 2, KARE 11, Greensboro Police Department