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Journal writing project: Molly or Death?

By Kaysie Kerns

Fri, Nov 1st, 2013
Posted in All Journal Student Writing Project

Recently a new drug named Molly, formerly known as Ecstasy, has been re- introduced to our culture. Molly is a drug that causes euphoria in a person’s brain that makes hormones amplify, leaving the person feeling happy and full of energy.

If someone told you that taking a simple pill would help relieve stress and make you forget your worries, would you take it? Think again and think about the many negative side effects. Molly can make your body crash after the effects wear off, leaving you with anxiety, tremors, depression, seizures, and high blood pressure. Molly can cause these side effects and many more, including death. Many deaths have been linked to Molly. The negative effects easily outweigh the positive.

Not only is Molly harmful to your body, but it is very addictive. Once your body has lost its high, it begins to crave more. It is said that after you have stopped taking Molly and its effects have worn off, your body will feel itchy, you can’t concentrate, and you become very paranoid. The only way to relieve these feelings is to take more, and more, until your body begins to slowly shut down, and you go into a coma. Since Molly is illegal, it is not known what a dosage would lead to, although many overdoses cause death.

Even our pop culture has helped the reputation of Molly. Miley Cyrus, Nicki Minaj, Kanye West, and Madonna are just a few of the celebrities who have promoted Molly in their songs. Molly is glamorized in music calling it a “pure” and “safe” drug when it is easily manipulated and is rarely ever pure.

The usage of Molly in the last two years has doubled, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Molly has become much more popular with high school and college students and has become much easier to get than ever before. Molly is also a relatively cheap drug. It only costs around $15 to $50, making it all the more popular among penny pinching high school and college students.

Saying Molly is also Death may be a bit extreme, but if you take into consideration the negative over the positive, it’s not too farfetched. If you are ever faced with the option of taking Molly, would you? For me the decision is easy. Just remember Molly isn’t exactly what it is cracked up to be. Would you rather have a temporary high, with a lifetime of possible health issues or even worse death? The choice is yours.

Kaysie Kerns is a student at Mabel-Canton High School. She is one of 8 area students participating in the Journal Writing Project, now in its fifteenth year.


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10:35:25, Nov 6th 2013

bwenthold says:
This student wrote honestly and maturely on a topic that is a danger to our students. Thanks, Kaysie , for a well -written article.