School resource officers on the lookout for new party drug

WINSTON-SALEM–School resource officers are on the lookout for a party drug called “Molly” as the year ends and students celebrate events like proms and graduations.

“Molly” is a slang term for the compound MDMA, the key ingredient in ecstasy.

While ecstasy in pill form is often laced with other drugs like caffeine, “Molly” is the crystalline form of pure MDMA.

Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools Security Manager Patrick Merrill said MDMA can cause an intense high.

“MDMA is a psychedelic amphetamine and it causes hallucinations,” Merrill said.

Merrill said side effects include increased body temperature, sweating, confusion, disorientation, muscle cramps and others.

Neither Merrill nor his counterpart with Guilford County Schools, Quintin Trent, said they had seen “Molly” in schools.

“We’ve heard of it being used at parties, but so far it’s had no impact in our schools,” Trent said.

Trent said his student resource officers are being vigilant in looking for the drug in school and will be on the lookout at proms and graduations.

Until then, Trent said the best approach is to educate students on the potentially dire consequences of popping molly.

“Be smart. Advise them of the danger signs of the drug. Let them know the consequences of drug use, and hopefully they will make those smart decisions when it comes to prom and other activities or parties that they may engage in,” Trent said.

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