NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) - A 19-year-old woman died suddenly in a popular Boston night club this week. 22news explains why the teens death is raising questions about a popular black market drug.
Boston Police say that Brittany Flannigan, and two other teens who are still hospitalized, may have overdosed on a drug similar to ecstasy. A drug that the young adults call nicknamed "Molly".
Molly is short for molecule. It is a powder or crystal form of MDMA, the same chemical used in Ecstasy.
"I think it's a dangerous drug a lot of people don't really think about the side affects I mean all in all any drug is bad for you, for your body,” 20-year-old Dinesh Umamaheswaran, from West Springfield, said.
The partnership at drug-free dot org reports Molly is unlike Ecstasy, which generally is laced with other ingredients, like caffeine or methamphetamines.
The Drug Enforcement administration says MDMA side effects can include confusion, muscle tension, tremors, depression, cravings for more drugs, and can disable the body's ability to control its temperature.
Some students told 22News the drug nicknamed “Molly” is common on many college campuses and is the popular drug of choice for events like concerts and at night clubs.
"I don't know it's just a different way for somebody to get altered I guess," Dominic Defeudis, a junior in college, from Allston, said.
The Drug Abuse Network of America reported that between 2004 to 2009, there was a 123 percent increase in emergency room visits involving MDMA and many of those cases involved a combination of the drug with other substances.
Hearing about the 19-year-old who died inside Boston's House of Blues this week from a suspected overdose, raises concerns among parents of teens.
"I think if you put the years in raising your kids when they're 7, 8, 10, 12, 14... then it makes it easier when they're at this age to make the right decisions," Sean Kelly, from Northbridge, said. His daughter is 18-years-old.
Boston Police said "Molly" is so popular because it's cheap and comes with misconceptions that it is not addictive.