Popularization of ‘Molly’ in pop culture sets a dangerous example, contributes to drug abuse
Published: Sunday, September 15, 2013
Updated: Sunday, September 15, 2013 23:09
Concealed within raves and concerts lies a serial killer. She, like many of her kind, entices her victims with the promise of a good time and admiration among the victims’ peers. She’s been getting pretty good at it recently. In the past week, several of her victims were rushed to the emergency room and three of them died across the Northeast. She’s not your average serial killer, but a drug.
Molly, short for “molecule”, is the pure form of 3,4- methlyenedioxy-N-methylamphetamine (also known as MDMA). However, you might know MDMA for its common street name, ecstasy.
MDMA comes in many different colors, shapes, and forms such as pill or crystalline powder. Known for its effects on the nervous system, specifically the limbic system, MDMA dramatically increases the levels of serotonin and dopamine in the body, creating a dangerously addicting feeling of euphoria.
Like any illegal narcotic, there are no regulations on MDMA to determine its purity. In many cases it is cut with other dangerous substances, such as crystal meth and cocaine, or sometimes even concrete, to increase profit margins. You’re never really sure what you’re getting.
According to NBC news, emergency room visits linked to MDMA have surged by over 100 percent since 2004. But, why?
The surge in the usage of MDMA may be linked to several factors. However, there is one trending social factor that is directly connected to the increase of abuse. Pop culture.
Molly is gaining popularity among young adults. Mainstream artists like Miley Cyrus, Kanye West, Eminem, and Rick Ross introduced the name “Molly” to society, referencing MDMA.
Madonna’s newest album titled “M-D-N-A”, has an uncanny resemblance to the abbreviation MDMA. Miley Cyrus’s newest song “We Can’t Stop” states “We like to party/ Dancing with Molly/ Doing whatever we want,” references the drug directly.
The worst reference of all was when Rick Ross preformed on a Rocko’s Future-featuring “U.O.E.N.O” rapping the lyric “ Put molly in her champagne, , she aint even know it/ I took her home and I enjoyed that, she aint even know it. (sic)” Here, Ross encourages the use of molly as a date rape drug, using it to alter a woman’s judgment.
Imagine if artists starting singing about how imperative education is, or that violence is never an answer to any conflict. What would happen to our dropout rate? To domestic violence?
But instead they use their unprecedented power to illustrate to their audiences that drugs are cool, contributing to a higher incidence of drug abuse among young Americans.