Have you met Molly?

by hstri1 on April 14, 2014 - 10:49pm

Have you met Molly?

 

For my article I read “The agony of ecstasy: Responding to growing MDMA use among college students.” The article is broken down into different sections,  starting with the History and Myths of MDMA commonly referred to as “molly,” which is a form of ecstasy. The research focused on the history of molly and its growing presence on college campuses. This study was completed by compiling research from several national surveys. These surveys include the “Monitoring the future” study, the Harvard College alcohol study, and the CAS. These surveys studied students in grades 9 through 12 in high school who have tried MDMA, and then the amount of kids who tried the drug within their first year of college. Compared to past years these numbers have increased drastically. The studies found that contrary to popular belief, ecstasy users didn’t have a lower grade point average, nor did they place less importance on community service. This was shocking to me as a reader and the researchers due to the common stereotype of drug users. Many of the negative associations with the drug include binge drinking, more time socializing, and putting more emphasis on parties than academics.

The last section of the article is aimed at preventing the drug use among college students through educating them on the affects of the drug. Since most of the dangers from the drug are associated with taking other drugs along with MDMA, it is hard to pinpoint the long-term affects. Through an informal phone survey to nine different public and private universities in the US, only two are currently developing MDMA prevention programs.

I chose to research this article because raves and dance festivals such as Electric Daisy Carnival, Electric Zoo, and house music concerts in general are very popular near where I live. I had never heard of molly or known people who did it until these festivals started near us and I got college. I was genuinely curious of the affect of the drug on its users, and the social pressures to do it. One of the assumptions proposed in the article is that MDMA users become counterproductive, and the information on affects of the drug was lacking a bit. Also many of the participants in the surveys were twenty-year-old, white females. The point of view also comes from an older perspective, whereas I would have liked to see what MDMA users had to say on the argument.

 

 

Works Cited

The Agony of Ecstasy: Responding to Growing MDMA Use Among College Students. (Walters, Foy, & Castro) Journal of American health (Nov2002, Vol. 51 Issue 3, p139-141)

Comments

I thought this was a great write up and a interesting topic. I’m honestly not shocked that the study performed found that the users of ecstasy did not have a lower GPA or placed less importance on community service. I have met a plethora of people who did different forms of Ecstasy, LSD and Psilocybin (shrooms) who were upstanding citizens worked full time jobs, financially stable, and active members in the community. You also mentioned the stereotypical image associated with drug users which I thought was great. Our society makes “drug users” look like murderous raving lunatics who will kill kidnap your child, rob you, drop out of school, live in a van, corrupt our youth, and live off the system which is incredibly inaccurate. Our country could benefit more from focusing on ending the human trafficking in our country, and not getting their panties in a knot over a college student letting loose and wanting the lights at a concert to look gnarly.
Your write up did an excellent job at relaying the information and giving your thoughts and opinions on the topic. I also liked how you covered different points of view. I think it was very effective to mention that an older population wrote the article. All around awesome job and awesome article.

I enjoyed reading this article and thought this was a good topic to discuss because of its relevance to college life. Similar to @bmusc1 I can't say I am surprised that the studies showed no difference between the GPA of users of molly and non users. I have met many people at school and at work that had experimented with MDMA, cocaine, LSD and even harsher drugs like heroine and PCP. Shockingly, some of the smartest people I have yet to meet had experimented with drugs, demonstrating that there is not a direct correlation between intellect and drug use. Just as you stated, this is a stereotype that drug use leads to being stupid, not caring about anything or committing crimes. In no way am I promoting drug use but I believe the statistics should deter the stereotypes again drug users. As you stated on the long term research, because of the new-ness of the modified drug, long term studies may not be able to fully show the effects. I can say that I never heard of Molly before a few years ago, and now it seems more prevalent in the party scene. This can be attributed to the change in culture to electronic dance music and raves becoming increasingly popular as you stated. Similar to the perspectives of older adults on any drug or alcohol matter, I can't say I'm surprised by their criticism of Molly. Hopefully further research answers some of the remaining questions of the effects of Molly.

I enjoyed reading about this topic. It stood out from the rest of the topics in the class. I do have to say that I am quite surprised that users of the drug did not have a lower grade point average. In a way, I am kind of glad that the stereotype of drug users was proven wrong. Drug users are typically labeled as thugs, criminals, and lowlifes. In some cases yes some drug users do fit that label, however this proves that not everyone is as they seem. I always get a great feeling seeing this negative stereotypes put to rest. I’m not advocating drugs either, I’m just saying this helps proves negatives wrong. I have never even heard of the drug until last year. Today, however, the drug is becoming more popular due to the developing culture of electro dance music and the environment it creates. I went to an electro event a few weeks ago and, though I did not take the drug, I observed it being used by others who attended. I am not surprised by the criticism that Molly, or any other drug for that matter, receives. People always tend to assume the worst. Great article, and I hope more research is done on this topic.

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