To many, "molly" is just a name. But police say for those involved in the drug world, it has much more meaning.
Molly, or MDMA, is a pure powder form of ecstasy. While the street name seems new, the drug isn't.According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse, it was created in the early 1900s but hit its peak in the â??70s when psychologists used it on patients calling it "penicillin for the soul."
When ingested, MDMA increases the brains production of serotonin and dopamine, resulting in feelings of elevated euphoria, energy, happiness and even sex drive.
"Considering what you find on the Internet about molly, it could attract a younger person to try it or use it," said Marquette Police Captain Gordon Worchock.
While artists like Kanye West and Miley Cyrus make the designer drug seem appealing by featuring it in their music, medical experts say the mystery behind the mixture can be lethal.
"It always isn't a pure form," said Dr. John Lehtinen. "It, many times, is mixed with other substances which could include bath salts, cocaine, methamphetamine, and I even heard rat poison."
Raves are the typical scenes where MDMA is taken. The high lasts three to six hours. When it ends, confusion, depression and anxiety can plague the user for days or even weeks. And now law enforcement says the drug made its way to Upper Michigan.
"Drug teams have seen more of it, especially in Delta and Alger counties," Worchock said.
Anyone caught faces an automatic felony.
Now that you know molly, jaw clenching, chills, sweating, and loss of appetite are signs police encourage parents watch out for.