One of the increasingly popular drugs on college campuses is Ecstasy, also known as Molly or MDMA (3,4-methylenedioxy-methamphetamine). It is referred to as a club drug because it is used by teenagers and young adults at bars, nightclubs, and parties. After taking this drug, in doses of 2-3 pills, supposedly people enter a state of euphoria and that “feel good” about themselves; these are major reasons why it is so desirable among the younger population. With modern pop music, the use of Ecstasy is being popularized by artists like Kanye West and Miley Cyrus. These are many reasons why Molly has gained a deceptive reputation for being a “safe” drug, but this is an unfortunate myth. So, like any other street-made drug, there are reasons why it is illegal and detrimental to one’s health.
Despite evidence and advocacy against its usage, millions of Americans continue to use the drug. According to the 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, about 16 million people have used ecstasy at some point in their life, and during 2012, 869,000 people used ecstasy for the first time, substantially higher than the number of LSD and hallucinogen users combined. The average age for first-time users is 20.3-years-old, smack dab in the middle of the college years, another reason why students shouldn’t be spending $20-30 per pill for every concert. It is shocking that people think taking drugs are necessary to feel good about themselves, to enjoy music and to have fun. What many don’t realize is all the psychological and physiological complications that can occur from taking Molly which could later lead to emergency room visits and perhaps a fatality.
Realistically, college students know that this is a dangerous habit and know that they shouldn’t be taking such risks. But yet, they still do it. The main goal is to raise awareness of the possible outcomes from taking this drug and hopefully turn people away from it and choose to live a healthier lifestyle.