Why The ‘Molly Problem’ Isn’t A Molly Problem


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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.

Too 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.”

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  1. thesmileyone on September 5, 2013 at 11:42 pm

    A friend of mine was given “Molly” instead of “bubble” and ended up in hospital, she hasn’t touched it since and she was a heavy user from the age of 15/16, she is now 26 and it happened last year.
    This is also a drug dealer problem – some of them don’t know or care what they are getting and giving! 🙁

    • James Michael Sama on September 6, 2013 at 9:35 am

      Sorry to hear about your friend…it’s a really tough scene to involve yourself in, especially as a girl. You really never know what you’re gonna get no matter how careful you are. I hope she’s now in good health and has found some safer recreational activities!

    • runawayjim on September 6, 2013 at 10:08 am

      I don’t know that I’d call it a drug dealer problem. You shouldn’t buy drugs from people you don’t know or trust. I’ve been around the Phish scene and know who I should take drugs from and who I shouldn’t (basically anyone I don’t know). Of course, I usually don’t take drugs because I like to enjoy myself (and I don’t find not knowing what’s going on, not remembering the night, or feeling like I don’t have control over my body and senses to be much fun).

      But the smart users know how much to take. They only buy from trustworthy sources. And the smart new users take a little and see how it affects them before taking more. Going full on with something you’ve never used is a recipe for disaster.

      But no one is telling people any of this. Instead, all kids hear is “Drugs are bad, don’t use them. Ever.” And that’s not much information about the drugs because they hear from their friends that they’re fun and make you feel good. And kids are curious and want to experiment. Drug education needs to change from “Don’t do them. Ever” to “This is how ______ will affect you. This is what it does to you body. You should avoid it if you have these conditions.” And then everyone can make a more intelligent and informed decision.

      • James Michael Sama on September 6, 2013 at 10:16 am

        Great point Jim – it’s like kids who aren’t taught sex education, when the time comes that they actually do go for it, they have no idea what they’re doing and probably won’t be safe about it.

        Same with drugs, I think you speak to my point above that we need to have these discussions. People who know what they’re doing will be more likely to be smart about it and limit themselves. If a couple of kids at a party start taking some hits, figure out it feels good, want to enhance it and just keep going – only bad can come from that.

        Thanks for your comment, I appreciate you reading this!

        – James

  2. Jeffrey Driscoll on September 7, 2013 at 12:24 am

    You are totally right about fulfillment of life. The more you’re drowning your feelings and using drugs/partying, the less fulfilling your life is. True happiness comes from living life to the fullest each and everyday. I am in recovery and have been for the past 5 years. It is a lifelong process that I face each and every day of my life. Even in recovery, I spent some time in the Boston nightlife circuit attending clubs and even DJing at different venues. I always had a great time while I was out and it didn’t involve a drop of alcohol or a drug. My life today is full of happiness and love. Closing down clubs will not make this problem go away. We really need to educate our youth on all the dangers here. I mean really educating them not just the whole don’t do drugs speech. I’m a firm believer in making it part of high school curriculum and having qualified people speak to our youth to educate them on all aspects of alcohol and drug abuse. Teens and young adults can be reckless. I would be wrong to say all teens think that it can’t ever happen to them, but some do believe that these bad things can’t happen to them. I was once one of those kids. That’s my two cents. I really enjoyed the article James. Good job

  3. justaopinion on January 15, 2014 at 4:47 pm

    I see your point on all this, and I like your take from it. Something I would like to bring up, and not trying to start a debate, but just to give you another POV on the topic. Although we would like to think that everyone can find something they love and be happy and live a good life, we need to get in mind different things make different people happy. For awhile I was an athlete who knew exactly what I wanted to do with my life and how I was going to do it. When my injuries and lack of passion drove me to find something new in life I moved back home. I didn’t know where I would fit in, and I didn’t have much of a plan. A few of my old friends were into the rave thing, and I was extremely skeptical about it but I liked EDM so I went to one. Yes I did Molly, but I didn’t take it until a few hours into show, so I was sober for half and rolling for half. At these shows rolling or not you get a certain explainable feeling. Its not a feeling you get from love or success or any of that stuff. So to say that these people doing these things are looking for an escape is not a necessarily true. Its a place were all sorts of people gather and dress weird and make friends, and if you met them some where else you would probably never know this stuff about them.

    Granted I can not speak for the people who use Molly is other ways. I just thought I would give you another perspective on the topic. And to what runawayjim said, in my opinion there will always be the people who abuse something, or do things irresponsibly. Bad things will always happen when people put poison in their body, but for some reason us as people have a strange desire to do so, and I agree with your point on education.

    If anyone who reads this ever decides to try Molly, just make sure you know who your getting it from, do it with good friends who have done it before, and do your research!

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