Club drug Molly makes appearance in Myrtle Beach
Tue, 17 Sep 2013 22:27:09 GMT —
A dangerous drug is making a comeback in nightclubs around the country and Horry County drug enforcement agents say they're starting to see it in Myrtle Beach.
T-shirts for sale on Ocean Boulevard ask, "Have you seen Molly?" Entertainers like Madonna and Miley Cyrus make references to Molly in their concerts.
Molly isn't a person. It's a drug.
Also known as ecstasy or MDMA, Molly is back on the national radar, after the deaths of two students during a Labor Day music festival in New York.
The executive director of Shoreline Behavioral Health Services in Conway says Molly is a synthetic stimulant, similar to methamphetamine, that can cause serious health problems.
"If you have an underlying heart problem it can certainly make that a whole bunch worse by affecting your heart rate. There's a condition where it can in high doses rapidly raise your body temperature and that has killed some people," said John Coffin.
Molly is not yet a huge problem in Myrtle Beach, Coffin says, but it is part of a group of other new drugs that are starting to make an appearance.
"We're seeing sort of a mix of K-2, Spice, bath salts, if you're talking about sort of the newer classes of synthetic drugs."
Coffin says Molly is popular on the club scene, because teens using it can stay up for hours. But often, he says it's mixed with other drugs, so kids who take it don't really know what they're getting.
Coffin has words of advice for parents regarding the popularity of Molly with teens. If your kids are old enough to be out by themselves at night, there are some things you should be looking out for.
"If your child came home, they'd be behaving pretty strange and they'd be talking rapidly and they'd be pretty happy and they'd be tending to want to stay up all night," he said.
Coffin says if you're a suspicious parent who pays attention to where your kids are going, what they're doing and who they're with, you should be fine. But the key is to be aware.