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.
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)