Driven by popular music lyrics, use of drug Molly, or MDMA, surges

Molly, a purer ecstasy, is a popular drug getting a great deal of publicity through musicians such as Cyrus, Madonna, Eminem and Lil Wayne. Photo: Molly/MAMD

WASHINGTON, September 2, 2013 — On Sunday, the New York City’s mayor’s office announced that a music festival which was scheduled to start its third and final day was cancelled. According to the press release it was called off after two attendees died and four more were rushed to the hospital after using the drug MDMA also known as “Molly”.

Discussion about “molly,” short for molecule, seems to be everywhere these days, educating those not in the drug or club scene about the new drug around town, but the reality is, molly is not that new. Washington D.C. has been a major hub for the sale of molly for over a year now.


Molly is touted as a pure form of the drug ecstasy, which causes many of the users to believe that it is a safer drug without other added chemicals.  But when asked, most users do not know what chemicals make up the drugs they are taking. Recently Syracuse University published a study in New York revealing that “20% of the participants responded that they had tried Molly. One third of those students also stated that they did not know the ingredients of the drug they had ingested.”

EcstasyData, an independent pill testing program whose mission is to collect, manage, review and ultimately make their findings public for the safety of others, collected and tested molly tablets from Washington D.C. in 2012. Some of the tablets contained nothing more than caffeine while others contained methylone, a substance found in “bath salts.” Bath salts created a media frenzy when a man in Florida who was high on bath salts at the time started to cannibalize a living, homeless man.

MDMA, or molly, has taken its ride to popularity through hip hop music. Kanye West sings a song “Mercy” which says “Something about Mary, she’s gone off that Molly.” Other hip hop and rap groups such as T.I., Lil Wayne, and Eminem, have publically bragged about using MDMA. 2 Chains sing “Got your girl on Molly and we smokin’ loud and drinkin’”.

While everyone spent the days after the VMA’s talking about the inappropriate dance moves made by Mylie Cyrus, the lyrics to her song were virtually ignored. “We Can’t Stop” contains the line “we like to party, dancing with Molly.” Her producer said that the lyric was actually “dancing with Mylie” but Cyrus admitted to The Daily Mail that the line is a reference to ecstasy ad that the producer had lied.


The references in popular music to this drug are too numerous to mention. Nicki Manaj has one and just this past week, Rick Ross released a shockingly disturbing song about drugging a woman’s drink with “a molly” and then raping her while she is drugged.

MDMA has always been associated with music. Its prominence first came about in the 1990s at rave parties where the main activities were to listen to music and use ecstasy. Then sometime in the past decade a powder form emerged in night clubs under the new female name. Now with sales pitch of a pure and natural produce, Molly has found a new following that have never been to a rave and are not followers of hip hop music. The new generation of MDMA users is often professionals who are consciences over what food and drinks they put in their bodies.

Police say there are no rules to govern the process in which molly made, meaning it could be made in someone’s basement, a car or even a storage locker. There is also no way of knowing what you are actually ingesting unless you have your own laboratory.

Molly costs$20 to $50 per dose. “Molly is the big thing right now” said a young professional who did not want their name used. “It’s not addictive and it’s pure, you know?” People pack the powder into empty capsules that can be purchased from any local health food store.

Molly has remained primarily a suburban neighborhood drug. The police have not seen it take hold in the inner cities yet. The people you are using this drug, are not the strung out druggies but often middle class young people going to a music festival.

The CDC has reported that the number of Molly overdoses local hospitals are seeing is constantly on the rise. If someone has taken the drug and develops the shakes, high blood pressure, a rapid heart rate or fever, they should seek medical attention immediately.


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Susan L Ruth

Susan L. Ruth is a long-time Washington, DC resident with extensive ties throughout the community.  She is a genealogical researcher and writer, and is an active volunteer in the Northern Virginia competitive swimming community.  Susan previously worked providing life-skills to head injured adults. 

Susan and her husband Kerry currently live in Northern Virginia with their three sons, Ryley, Casey and Jack and their American Bulldog, Leila.


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