DEA: Steer clear of Molly during music festival in Atlanta - WRBL

DEA: Steer clear of Molly during music festival in Atlanta

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ATLANTA, Ga. -

The Drug Enforcement Agency is sending a message to the public about the dangers of "Molly," a designer drug that has recently surfaced at a number of large music events.

Harry S. Sommers, the Special Agent in Charge (SAC) of the DEA Atlanta Field Division, says the pure, high quality powder form of the popular designer drug ecstasy (3/4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine) or MDMA, has often been referred to as "Molly", with additional street names such as "Meow Meow" and "Drone." As the manufacture of "Molly" has evolved, it is well-documented that the drug has been adulterated and formed into a number of dangerous and potentially deadly analogues.

The DEA does not have specific evidence that "Molly" or similar analogues will necessarily be present at this weekend's TomorrowWorld Electronic Music Festival.  However, the DEA says concert goers and parents should be aware that there have been several recent reports of a substantial number of emergency room visits, and even overdose deaths associated with "Molly" nationwide.

On June 30, 2013, one person died and 125 were hospitalized after ingesting a drug called "Molly" while attending the Central Washington State Music Festival. At a bar in Boston, on August 28, 2013, three people overdosed, and one person died from a drug overdose from what authorities believe may have been "Molly." And on September 2, 2013, two people died and four more were hospitalized in New York City at a concert after apparently taking a drug marketed as "Molly." Toxicology reports will provide a better understanding of the causes of these deaths.

"Most partygoers may plan to attend this dance festival purely for the dancing and musical experience, but other attendees, like unlawful designer drug distributors, may have a more menacing agenda of selling these dangerous substances and profiting behind the cover of bright lights and pulsating music. This is why DEA is proactively alerting all attendees and their parents that synthetic designer drugs may be a part of the landscape and attendees should avoid using them at all costs," said SAC Sommers.

TomorrowWorld is an offspring of Tomorrowland, said to be the world's biggest dance music festival. This will be the first time the event has been held outside of Belgium.

It takes place Sept. 27-29 at Chattahoochee Hills in Atlanta. Attendance at the Tomorrowland event has doubled from 90,000 in 2009 to 180,000 in 2012. 

The DEA encourages parents, along with their children, to educate themselves about the dangers of legal and illegal drugs by visiting DEA's interactive websites at www.dea.gov.

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