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Police seeing more use of 'Molly' in Fairfax County

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FAIRFAX, Va. -

Stop by any high school or college campus today and it is more than likely the young people you will meet will know about the hot, new synthetic drug called “Molly.”

"It's the cool thing to do now," says George Mason University student Prince Singh. "You know with all the rappers and the music industry talking about Molly and rapping about Molly. It's something all the kids want to try. It's definitely a party drug."

Molly comes in pill and powder form. A newer version of the party drug ecstasy.

"I wouldn't say it's a hallucinogen, but it's a club drug," Singh says. "Where people kind of feel out of their mind. And they feel free-spirited. It's definitely popular. It's gaining a big, big demand. And there's a big supply as well."

You can buy it easily on the internet.

"It's out there," says Lucy Caldwell of Fairfax County Police. "There's been a lot of attention around the region and around the country to this drug. We want to remind residents that it's here, what to look for, and the simple fact that not only is it illegal, but it certainly can be very dangerous."

Police believe a tainted version of the drug is responsible for the deaths of young people in New York, Boston and possibly in the District.

University of Virginia student Shelley Goldsmith collapsed at a nightclub last month and died after numerous attempts to revive her.

Fairfax County police says their narcotics investigators are making about eight cases a month -- confiscating more than 16 pounds and 3,000 pills in the past 18 months.

"So we are seeing it," Caldwell says. "We are concerned and we encourage families to talk about it. To start that drug conversation."

That is exactly what officials at George Mason University in Fairfax say they have been doing.

"Our philosophy here is to talk early and talk often," explains Mary Ann Sprouse, the university's director of Alcohol, Drug and Health Education.

"We talk to students from the time they hit campus at orientation right through graduation and we ask: What are you seeing? What are you hearing about? What are you observing with your peers?" she says.

Singh says he thinks adults are counting on Molly going the way of drugs like K2 Spice -- a synthetic marijuana.

"But it may stay for a little longer than the other drugs have because to people who use (Molly), there are more benefits than losses,” he says. “I know with Spice, a lot of people had really bad experiences, so that's why everyone just kind of stopped -- by word of mouth."

Sprouse says she wishes the same would happen with Molly.

"We are out here every day talking to students about it," she says. "Just generally awareness stuff about alcohol and other drugs, and really, really promoting other ways that students can have fun and connect, socialize, engage and de-stress that doesn't have anything to do with alcohol and other drugs."

The Unified Prevention Coalition and the Partnership for a Drug-Free America suggests learning the signs of drug use and how to intervene.

· Learn the signs of recognizing drug use and how to intervene.

· Get involved; learn more.


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