College Students and Molly: A Review of Sources

As a college student, I understand what fun is. Fun can be going out with friends and having a good time. Fun can be going to concerts and dancing until you can’t feel your legs anymore. Where the line should draw, however, is when fun turns into something dangerous. I understand in college people want to experience things that they won’t be able to do later on. I will honestly say that it freaks me out when my friends talk about the next rave that they’re going to and how many pills they’re going to buy. I think that it is so crucial that people are educated if they’re going to make the decision to take Molly.

An effective awareness campaign, starts with credible sources especially if the target audience is college students (18-22) because honestly, most people will believe the first thing they read and not spend time researching. Using sources that the younger population can relate to is even a better way of relaying the message. Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, and other interactive websites would most effectively aid this campaign in promoting awareness of the effects of Molly.

Dance Safe

In my experience, being told not to do something, would make me want to do it even more. So, I believe it’s important to not tell people what to do, but rather make information available as to why they shouldn’t and on their own they can make their own decision.

Dance Safe is public health organization promoting health and safety within the nightlife and rave community. Their main goal is to avoid misuse of substances and allow young adults to make healthy, informed lifestyle choices.

As a science major, what stood out to me about this website is Dance Safe’s “This is Your Brain on Ecstasy” article. It presents a slideshow that explains the effects of Molly on the brain and the neurochemistry of it. Written in an “easy to understand language” allows for not only scientific people but also the general public to comprehend.

NIDA for Teens

NIDA for Teens is affiliated with the National Institutes on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Although the website is “for teens”, after reviewing the site, it is most definitely acceptable for the college population as well; it offers an array of educational blogs and stories, videos, and facts about different types of drugs and more specifically Molly. The ultimate goal of these blogs is to inform the population, whether it be teens or young adults who are in college, what Molly can do to you whether it is short term effects or in the long run. They also refer to other credible sources that show graphs and visuals, such as NIDA’s Monitoring the Future graph regarding Ecstasy use:

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Facebook

Facebook is one of the most popular social networking sites in the world with over 1.23 billion users. It includes a range of people: from young teenagers to the older population. Facebook has the power to unite people who share the same interest in things through the millions of pages available. There is almost a page for any topic or issue you can imagine. Dance Safe has a page with about 28,000 likes; meaning 28,000 people follow this page and get daily updates, articles, and even links to other organizations on their NewsFeeds.

Since Facebook was created for college students in Harvard back in 2004, it is most likely that more than half of my audience has a Facebook account. By “sharing” pages such as this one, exploring what this page has to say is just a click away.

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