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Illegal Drugs Can Kill, Including Molly

The New York Electric Zoo music festival, an annual multi-day celebration held on Randall’s Island that emphasizes the end of the summer season, had to be ended after two days due to the death of a couple of revelers who were alleged to have taken an overdose of the party drug Molly.

The victims, 23-year-old Jeffrey Russ from Rochester, N.Y., and 20-year-old Olivia Rotondo from Providence, R.I., were among the thousands of participants of the loud, lively party that featured all genres of electronic music, live acts from various countries along with hometown favorites and international DJs.

Prior to collapsing and dying, Olivia Rotondo was said to have told doctors that she had six hits of Molly. The drug Molly (short form of molecule), a synthetic, psychoactive drug, is the purest form of methylenedioxy-methamphetamine (MDMA), Ecstasy’s main ingredient. An agent from the Drug Enforcement Agency said that the use of the name Molly began only in 2008, but it has been glamorized much in pop culture, being referred to in songs, even, by Miley Cyrus, Kanye West, Madonna and Rick Ross.

Users of the drug experience a rise in body temperature and blood pressure, plus faster heart rate; they also experience a prolonged burst of energy and feel as if “all is right in the world.” Though seemingly a friendly and harmless name, Molly is actually a dangerous drug.