New Drug Alerts
New Drug Called 'Molly'|
A new drug discovered after the deaths of two young teens at a music festival in New York City.
“Molly,” short for “molecule,” is a powder or crystal form of MDMA, the chemical used in Ecstasy and is considered to be pure MDMA,
unlike Ecstasy, which generally is laced with other ingredients, such as caffeine or methamphetamine.
MDMA itself can cause confusion, anxiety, depression, paranoia, sleep problems, and drug craving. The drug also can cause muscle tension,
tremors, involuntary teeth clenching, muscle cramps, nausea, faintness, chills, sweating, and blurred vision. High doses of MDMA can
interfere with the ability to regulate body temperature, resulting in a sharp increase in body temperature (hyperthermia), leading to
liver, kidney and cardiovascular failure.
New Drug Called 'Smiles'
A new drug, popular with teens, that has been linked to overdoses.
2C-I, known by its eerie street name "Smiles," has become a serious problem in the Grand Forks, North Dakota area.
Overdoses of the drug have also been reported in Indiana and Minnesota. But if the internet is any indication,
Smiles is on the rise all over the country.
Smiles' effects have been called a combination of MDMA and LSD, only far more potent. Users have reported a speedy
charge along with intense visual and aural hallucinations that can last anywhere from hours to days. Because this
drug is relatively new, the most readily accessible information about 2C-I comes from user accounts, many of which
detail frightening experiences.
It first surfaced around 2003 in European party scenes and only recently made its way to the United States.
2C-I is also untraceable in tests which makes it more of a challenge for doctors to treat. This also contributes
to the drug's growing popularity among high school and college-age kids.