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Popular Party Pill 'Molly' Becomes Increasingly Dangerous

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Back in January we first introduced you to the popular party pill "molly."

All the rage with teens and college students, it was a name many parents were hearing for the first time.

Now the name is the same, but as FOX 29's Dave Kinchen explains, the recipe for molly is becoming increasingly dangerous even deadly.

They're the kind of parties that draw hundreds sometimes thousands of college kids hungry for a good time with multi colored flashing lights and the throbbing rhythms of electronic dance music. There's one more element becoming just as big as the beats themselves.Those powerful pills called molly, just call her anything but a friend.

Kyle Stant, 24 of New Castle Delaware says he went to one of these parties for the first time in his life. He shot this video at an even earlier this month on Penns Landing. He had fun…but says he was surprised so many party goers kept asking him for one thing.

"Random people that I never met (saying) "hey do you have any Molly?" I don't deal with that stuff," Stant said "I had 5 or 6 people that asked me. Guys and girls."

Stant says he had nothing to do with molly, but saw plenty of partiers digging in he says they clearly stood out.

"Some people were just on the floor. Some were just walking around and the demeanor…it was just awkward. They couldn't walk straight," Sant said.

She's just as big at popular music festivals as she is in popular music. Molly is the street term for ecstasy in pills and it's marketed as a pure form of mdma, but the experts tracking it in the field say it's anything but.

David Dongilli is the special agent in charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration's Philadelphia office.

He says molly users would be shocked by what they are likely getting instead of a pure drug.

"When you market something as pure it gives the impression that the drug may be safe," Dongilli said. "Sadly these abusers are ingesting rat poison, methamphetamine, acids, any combination thereof and they are dying from it."

And that's what keeps putting molly in the news.

During Labor Day weekend, two peopled died at the Electric Zoo music festival in New York after reportedly overdosing on Molly.

 The same day in the nation's capital, a college student collapses at a rave and later dies at a hospital.

Just days before, another college student died after overdosing on molly at a concert in Boston.

"It's going to actively raise blood pressure, heart rate, and make people paranoid as such," Dr Richard Dimonte said. He treats drug addicts at his facility in Media, PA.

He says molly users are dying because they don't know what it does to their bodies.

"A lot of these deaths are occurring due to basically the drug hyper metabolizing their systems and they are dying of overheating and their systems racing over and over. Dehydration from not…taking enough fluids in," Dimonte said.

He says there is hope for molly users, but it's a tough road ahead.

"I do recommend highly AA programs, 12 step work because it's a day to day thing to keep you sober and that's what you need,"

Dr. Dimonte says some music festivals are doing their part holding drug free sessions at some events…encouraging party goers to have fun without the drugs.

The DEA believes it takes more than that, They would not reveal their specific techniques for busting molly rings,but they say the rave and club scene is clearly on their radar.

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