The Boston area has seen a rapid spread of the drug Molly including a number of recent deaths and hospitalizations among the drug’s users. Area drug prevention specialists and local law enforcement officials are scrambling to prevent the further spread of Molly in their communities. Molly, a pure form of the drug MDMA is a hallucinogen with stimulant properties that has very dangerous effects in higher doses.
Yesterday, West Bridgewater authorities charged 17 year old Kyle E. MacKinnon, with selling Molly and other drugs. MacKinnon was found with 23 grams of Molly and is being held on $75,000 bail.
In Quncy Police announced Wednesday that an undercover sting operation had yielded nine arrests for dealing MDMA.
And two men from Maine were arrested last weekend in Brockton after police were tipped to an impending sale of a large quantity of heroin and Molly.
In Boston two men were arrested in the Seaport District for selling Molly to an undercover police officer Friday night. Daniel Milisi, 29, of South Boston, and Joseph Doolin, 36, of Quincy were charged after being found with 1.5 grams of the drug.
Molly has turned up in the little western Massachusetts village of Leicester and police there are producing an educational video for the community.
In Reading the Reading Coalition Against Substance Abuse (RCASA) is working with Reading Police to educate the community about the risks of this potentially deadly drug. The Reading based groups state that they have been working on this initiative since 2012.
> MDMA is popularly known as Ecstasy and more recently as Molly.
> It is taken orally, usually as a capsule or tablet
> It is a synthetic, psychoactive drug that has similarities to both the stimulant amphetamine and the hallucinogen mescaline
> Effects last about 3 to 6 hours
> Side effects include increases in heart rate and blood pressure
> Some may experience other symptoms such as muscle tension, involuntary teeth clenching, nausea, blurred vision, faintness and chills or sweating
Although not a major issue in recent times in the Boston area, MDMA was involved in 10,176 emergency department visits in the U.S. in 2011 and appears to be making a big come-back in the Boston area over the past few weeks.