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APD works to get Molly off Austin streets

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It's a new name for an old drug popping up on the party scene. While it sounds innocent the drug has deadly consequences.

"Every drug you can think of we have in Austin," explained an undercover detective with APD's Narcotics Conspiracy Unit.

"We need books to keep up with the terminology it changes all the time," he said. We've concealed his identity for his protection. He works with dangerous cartels and drug dealers.

One of the drugs he's seeing and has seized is Molly.

"It's usually one of those that you never see by itself. People are dealing other drugs as well and they realize that they can make money," said the detective.

Molly is the street name for a drug pushed as pure powder MDMA or the main chemical in ecstasy. Molly comes and goes. APD sees a lot of it and then won't see it for a while. The drug is often laced with other powerful drugs. Taking it can be like playing Russian roulette with your body.

"We had an investigation a year ago and a guy and his girlfriend were making this (Molly) in their apartment. He was a chemical engineering student. We found coke and meth. He was taking the chemical makeup and trying to make that into Molly," explained the detective.

Earlier this year Molly was blamed for two deaths at a music concert in New York City. Dr. Marilyn Vache is the medical director at Austin Recovery. She says Molly is targeted to a younger crowd.

"I do think it's a party drug. It's not something that people take everyday or at least if they do it's very few," said Dr. Vache.

The drug is supposedly pure ecstasy and ecstasy hasn't really been pure on the streets since 1980s so truly you don't know what you are getting ahead of time.

The main side effect of Molly is overheating to a dangerous degree.

"The word Molly has a childlike innocent to it so it makes things feel safer to some people to take a drug called Molly than a drug called ecstasy," said Vache.

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