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Dancing with Molly: A WVVA Special Report

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(WVVA) -- There's a new girl in town, causing quite a stir.  You've seen her on TV, in the movies and heard about her on the radio.  She has a seemingly innocent name for a deadly drug -- Molly.

"That is a street name for a drug.  The technical term for it is MDMA or it's more commonly referred to as ecstasy," says Capt. Jim Sizemore with the Fayette County Sheriff's Department.

Molly is most widely taken at clubs.  It's a combination of a stimulant and psychedelic drug.

"Imagine drinking ten red bulls one right after another. You can see little pink bunnies hopping through the garden that don't really exist.  It can give you a really wild trip as it's called," says Sizemore.

What are people in the two Virginias saying about it?

"I only know of one person that's ever even tried it.  I don't know why anybody would ever want to feel like that.  I definitely wouldn't want to see pink elephants," says Brittany Mullens, a local high school senior.

"I don't condone it at all," says Tyler Simms, also a local high school senior.  "I'm not big on the whole drug thing.  Simply because I have a mother that's a drug addict, and it just replays bad memories for me."

Still there's pressures to use Molly, especially for young people, due to it's glorification in pop culture.  

"I don't think it should be promoted.  I don't think anyone should put it in a song like it's okay.  It's not okay," says Mullens.

"To me it's just like a slap in the face," says Simms. "Because you know the younger kids, the younger generation is growing up around this, and then it makes me wonder what their future is gonna be like.  Is it going to get worse or is it going to get any better?  I have younger brothers, and I really don't want them to be affiliated with anything such as Molly."

For a girl not too far from home, pressure to use Molly cost her life.  University of Virginia honor student, Shelley Goldsmith, died after taking the drug at a Washington D.C. night club earlier this school year.  

"It's our kids that are taking [Molly], and they're not used to this stuff.  And it can kill them.  There's no standard formula for making Molly, so you don't know what you're getting," says Sizemore.

If there is a silver lining to this story, it's that law enforcement and young people agree, Molly hasn't infiltrated its way into our area as much as other drugs like prescription pills or marijuana, but it's not out of the question.  

"Everything else has," says Sizemore.

"They're wanting to be like that now.  They want to go out and do what she's doing.  They want to be popular just like she is.  I think it's going to have a big effect on them. We'll hear more about it within time to come," says Simms.  

Reports say there's at least ten songs that have come out about molly in 2013 alone.  

Like anything else Molly comes with a risk of addiction.  Head to http://www.24houraddictionhelp.org/ or http://www.freeaddictionhelpline.com/ if you or anyone you know suffers from addiction.  
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