My daughter is a senior in high school and will be attending college away from home next year. I trusted her judgment during high school, but she recently admitted she uses “Molly” at parties. She says it is harmless and just makes her happy and more social (she is a little shy). How can I convince her Molly is dangerous?
Here is very recent evidence to share with her: on Sunday, February 22, 2015, eleven Wesleyan University students were hospitalized after overdosing on Molly. Molly (aka: Ecstasy, E, XTC, X, MDMA) is a dangerous manmade chemical stimulant usually in pill form and containing 3, 4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine. Other drugs like caffeine, aspirin and cocaine are often added into the tablets. These other drugs are dangerous by themselves and can be lethal when mixed with MDMA. The effects of MDMA are increased heartrate and blood pressure, alertness, impaired sense of time, sweating, dehydration, tension (some users clench their teeth and some use pacifiers), inability to regulate body temperature and dizziness. The increased heart rate and inability to regulate body temperature can be extremely dangerous in the very situations where the drug is commonly used: at rave parties and clubs. Also alarming, the drug promotes trust and friendship feelings toward others - including complete strangers.