5 signs your child is using mollies
“Molly” is the street name of the powder or crystal form of the drug MDMA, a chemical most commonly known for its use in the drug ecstasy. Unlike Ecstasy, which has a reputation for being laced with everything from caffeine to methamphetamine, molly — a name shortened from “molecule” — is thought of as “pure” MDMA.
5 signs your child is using mollies: Jaw Clenching
People often clench their jaws and grind their teeth while using mollie because of the stimulant nature of the drug. These effects can last even into the next day when your child is using mollie.
5 signs your child is using mollies: Sudden loss of appetite
One of the signs your child is using mollies is a sudden loss of appetite. Users often lose their appetite while on the drug and don’t eat normally again for one to three days. Mollie tends to cause nausea and also has stimulant properties which can make your child not want to eat.
5 signs your child is using mollies: High and Low Temperatures
High doses of Molly can interfere with the ability to regulate body temperature, resulting in a sharp increase in body temperature (hyperthermia). This can cause dehydration and dizziness. Once the mollie wears off, the body can become abnormally cold.
5 signs your child is using mollies: Signs of depression or sadness
Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that affects mood, sleep, pain, emotion, appetite, and other behaviors. The increase of serotonin is what causes the feeling of happiness and excitement when your child is using mollies. However, molly use depletes the serotonin in the brain, so the next day a user often feels anxious, depressed, and tired. Over time, mollies can damage serotonin-containing neurons; some of these studies have shown these effects to be long-lasting. Molly users experience long lasting confusion, depression, and selective impairment of working memory and attention processes.
5 signs your child is using mollies: Not being able to get out of bed for an extended period of time; exhaustion
After molly has run its course many users will feel fatigue among more long-lasting effects such as diminished mental capacity, sensitivity to light, paranoia, and impaired ability to think. If your child is using mollies, they probably stayed up all night on the drug, so the next day they tend to be very tired. This fatigue can last for several days. Tiredness plus feelings of depression often make it hard for a user to get out of bed the day after using mollies.
Other signs your child is using mollies include changes in behavior, grades, friends, as well as mood swings and anxiety.
A parent should also be aware of the signs their child has overdosed. The warning signs of overdose are: headache, tremors, vomiting, collapsing, feeling hot or sick, fainting, loss of control over movement of the body, racing pulse or heart, problem with urinating, and foaming in the mouth. Death can be a result of using Molly due to seizures and cardiac arrest. If you notice any of these signs of overdose, call 911 immediately.