BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - The name sounds innocent enough, but a dangerous club drug is getting more popular, with deadly results.
"Molly," or MDMA, is a purer and more potent form of ecstasy. It's being blamed for two deaths at a New York City dance festival this past weekend.
With celebrities glamorizing its use, it's seeing a major boost in popularity. Drug experts say Molly is more dangerous than ecstasy because it takes less of it to overdose.
Law enforcement in Western New York is not seeing a lot of it yet, but says parents need to be informed.
"That's really the main concern. Once you see it glamorized, then people become curious," said Andrea J. Wanat, the executive director of the Erie Co. Council for the Prevention of Alcohol and Substance Abuse.
Wanat says the effects of Molly are the same as ecstasy, which has been used since the 1990s, especially at dance clubs and concerts called "raves."
But Molly's potency is leading to tragic results.
"People in the drug culture say, oh, this is in its pure form, so it's safer. But that's not really the case," Wanat said.
Molly is not especially prevalent in Western New York yet. According to the Forensic Lab that works with Erie County law enforcement, there have been seven cases so far this year. That's less than one-tenth of one percent of all drug cases. The busts have been minimal amounts in powder or capsule form.
According to a behavior health doctor at ECMC, the hospital this year has seen only about three cases of patients coming into the emergency room on the drug. But he says it is a bigger problem in Rochester.
And Wanat says this is a great time for Western New York parents to learn about it and stay ahead of the trend.
"You just really need to know what to look for. It's out there. If your kids are using the word Molly, just kind of check it out. They're not talking about the new girl in school, they could be talking about the new drug trend," Wanat said.
Buffalo doesn't host a lot of "rave" concerts like the one in New York City where the Molly use led to overdose deaths. But a lot of people travel the country to those concerts, which is why the experts say it's still important to know about this drug.
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