Gone are the days where we thought Molly was just a girl’s name. The name has now become synonymous with a specific part of drug culture.
Molly is the nickname for powder-based MDMA in capsule form, and has now become more prevalent and popular than its pill based counterpart, Ecstasy.
This is due to the fact that Molly, in powder form, tends to be cut with less active ingredients than ecstasy, leading to a cleaner, more pure high. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, illicit drug use among 18 to 25-year-olds rose from 19.4 percent in 2008 to 21.4 percent in 2011 and is projected to continue to rise.
With this in mind, the holes in the Virginia Tech Party Positive program are hard to ignore. It’s ignorant to continue to assume that underage and binge drinking are the only things that happen on college campuses. Our generation is one that doesn’t respond well to the “just say no,” abstinence-only pedagogy. And the whole “let’s not talk about it, just pretend it doesn’t exist, don’t go looking into it” teaching method is extremely ineffective.
Drug culture and popular culture are becoming more and more intertwined. Many songs and even their artists speak about the use of Molly. “We Can’t Stop” by Miley Cyrus has a refrain which refers to Molly. “Molly” by producer Cedric Gervais, who inspired Hip Hop artists Tyga & Wiz Khalifa to also come out with a song creatively titled, “Molly” are centered on the drug. These songs and many more both promote the use of Molly, and suggest that it is important to have a good time.
And like a sponge, our generation absorbs and accepts that message. The rise of Electronic Dance Music and its spillover to other genres has certainly revived the rave scene, where many people “enhance” their experience by using MDMA.
Tech, and more importantly the Party Positive team, needs to acknowledge this and provide fact based, non-judgmental information about the dangers of drug use, specific information on drugs and how these illicit substances can interact with other drugs and alcohol.
Under no circumstance should Tech be supporting or advocating the use of drugs, but why not extend the Party Positive umbrella to cover information on certain drugs? The Party Positive initiative shows that Tech cares about students and wants us to be safe, why not extend that care?
We should be able to have access to legitimate information, have discussions and ask questions without the fear of judgment or prosecution. Our students should not have to rely on Yahoo Answers to find out if Molly mixes with alcohol, or how not to overdose.
It is illogical to believe that all college students abstain from drinking and drug use. If we know that, why aren’t we giving them as much information as possible? Bad decisions are not a result of information, but a lack of information.
Maybe with that information some of our fellow Hokies will give their keys to their friends, keep hydrated and maybe curb their appetite for illicit substances.