I haven’t said anything about this “molly” nonsense floating around but here goes…
Drugs have been an issue since the beginning of time. Even early “prophets” claimed to be able to talk to gods after eating mushrooms and major religions were formed around their communications. Now we just call that hallucinating.
For those of you not aware, “Molly” is also known as MDMA, or essentially the purest form of ecstasy. At times, it’s laced with other drugs.
Recently in the Boston area, there have been multiple cases of kids (yes, kids) fatally overdosing. As a response, many of the nightclubs where this has been happening, are being shut down.
Shutting down clubs where kids have OD’d is not going to stop the OD’ing, it’s just going to change where they do it.
You can’t band-aid a problem like this, it needs to be fixed with proper education and dare I say it, parenting.
Whether it’s pop culture, music, or movies, our generations are growing up thinking that happiness in life comes from partying. How high was your tab? Cool, man – I could’ve made my car payment this month, but I’m sure the 3 hours in the club was worth it.
Not remembering your night means it was a good one? Remind me how that works again…
Anyone who says the drug culture doesn’t go hand in hand with the dance music culture, is lying to themselves. Drugs and music have always been tightly interwoven, whether it was weed in the 70’s, cocaine in the 80’s, etc. This is just the next phase – house music and molly.
We need to have our youth educated on what they’re putting into their body is actually doing to them. One girl who fatally overdosed told the paramedics she had just taken a “dangerous amount” of molly, 6 hits. Soon after, she was no longer with us.
This tells us something – she knew she had done something bad. She knew what the consequences could be, but she still did it.
Apart from an education problem, I feel that it’s also a purpose problem. Much of “Gen Y” is struggling trying to find their identities, we’ve all been there. A lot of people just want to party on the weekends, and when they go at it – they go at it hard.
I believe general overall happiness lessens the need, or want, to escape. When you enjoy what you do on a daily basis, you have no reason to try to get away from it, or count down the days until you can swallow an entire bottle of vodka.
You just, enjoy life.
We need to help our youth see the value in themselves. People who don’t value themselves are clearly more likely do place less value on their bodies or their well-being, in general, and are more likely to make poor decisions when it comes to their health.
If all you want to do is party on the weekends, eventually you’ll realize you’re not being fulfilled in life. This will lead to more of a desire to escape, more partying, less fulfillment, more partying, less fulfillment…
There has never been, and probably will never be, a solution. But what there can be, is education, and minimizing risk.
The solution is not ignoring the problem. Thinking that shutting down the venues this happens in most will prevent people from doing it, is incredibly naive. We can’t avoid discussing it, we need to bring it up.
We need to talk about it. We need to talk about it with kids, with adults, with teenagers, with everyone. Not just molly, but drugs, in general.
Don’t get me wrong, I worked in nightlife for a long time and you get handed plenty of things you’ve never heard of, for free, on any given night. But, you need to know what not to touch, and then – you need to not touch it.
Sometimes you just gotta say “No thanks, man.”