Legislators and residents in Florida have been in a battle to clear Florida’s reputation as a center for drug activity for quite some time. Recently implemented laws that address the prescription medication epidemic that ran wild in the state in the past decade have successfully begun to decrease the activities of “pill mills” and doctors who would profit from handing out addictive narcotics when there was little medical need in evidence.
The war on drugs is far from over, however, particularly against non-prescription street drugs that may be acting as replacements for addicts formerly addicted to opium-based pharmaceuticals. Florida’s many ports make it difficult for law enforcement to control the importation of illegal substances from other countries onto United States soil.
One of those substances that is becoming a larger and larger problem in Florida according to reports is one that is nicknamed “molly.”
What Is Molly?
Molly, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration, is a crystalized or powdered form of methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA), also known as Ecstasy. Like Ecstasy, it is a hallucinogenic that creates a euphoric experience in the user by flooding the brain with “feel good” chemicals. Use of the drug comes with a high risk of addiction and other risks, including:
- Accident under the influence
- Erratic behavior
Risks Associated With Molly
The drug molly may cause both short- and long-term health concerns. Some of the short-term health consequences associated with use of molly include:
- Blurred vision
- Rapidly rising body temperature
- Teeth clenching
- Elevated heart rates
The long-term health issues associated with abuse of molly are even more serious and may include:
- Electrolyte abnormalities
- Drug craving
- Damage to brain’s nerve endings
- Damage to chemical balance including healthy serotonin levels
- Cardiac episodes
Many individuals who try molly also drink alcohol or use other drugs in combination, which leads to a slew of other issues and increases the probability of lethal overdose.
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Currently, there are no specific treatments or medical interventions designed exclusively for the care of individuals who are addicted to molly or MDMA. Researchers are currently investigating medicines that may block excessive flooding of chemicals to the nerve endings in the brain that may in turn result in a lack of “payoff” for individuals who relapse and take the drug.
Other research is being conducted in an effort to solve the problem of depression that many molly addicts face because the serotonin levels in their brain have been disrupted.
Until research results in conclusive evidence, however, many addicts have met with great success by attending a drug rehab program. Detox, therapy, personal and group therapies, as well as aftercare support can all help someone with a drug abuse problem begin the healing process. Call now to find the right rehab for your loved one.