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`Molly` craze: Hip-hop`s glorification of the dangerous drug

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Who is "Molly" and why are so many rappers talking about her?

It's the new drug of choice for teens – a powerful form of MDMA, an ingredient found in ecstasy. The name comes from molecule and it's supposed to be the purest form of ecstasy.

Many pop and rap stars have been glorifying the drug in song.

Even Mylie Cyrus' music has changed. She has a different look, different style and critics say the little girl who was once a Disney star is now singing about drugs. Her latest hit "We Can't Stop" mentions "dancing with Molly."

One college student describes the drug as a quick high, marketed to young people as a kinder, safer way that just gets you there. "Molly" users are typical drug users.

"It's like powder and you either stick it in your gum or you just put it in a water bottle," the student explains. "It's not hallucinogenic; it's not out of control. You're not irritable. I never really even considered ‘whoa, you can't do ‘Molly' like oh my God, it's a hard drug.'"

But, experts say "Molly" is dangerous. It can kill because "Molly" dealers are cutting up everything from talcum powder to heroin to "up the high".

Emergency room doctors have seen an increase of MDMA-related visits and parents should be concerned because, "Molly" is cheap and easy to get at parties, concerts and school.

"We've had a lot of patients who have been using MDMA and will essentially come in with the general term altered mental status," Rush University Medical Center Dr. Michael Marynowski explains.

Still, the pop culture is still embracing the drug that's become a pill popping phenomenon. "Molly" is very popular in songs by Trinidad James, Wiz Khalifa, Tyga, Rick Ross, Wyclef, and Maino, to name a few.

When asked if she is really singing about a drug, Mylie Cyrus told reporters it's true, adding that they only lied about the song's real lyrics to get it on the radio. And while teens are singing, Dr. Marynowski says parents should use that opportunity to turn down the music and talk about what their kids know---and worse yet--what they may have tried.

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