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Popular party drug Molly linked to 4 deaths in a week

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Police suspect a bad batch of the party drug molly could be to blame for four recent deaths. Police suspect a bad batch of the party drug molly could be to blame for four recent deaths.
RALEIGH, N.C. -

A deadly strain of a popular party drug could be to blame for four deaths in a little more than a week's time.

The drug Molly is often marketed as a purified form of ecstasy. Doctors say Molly users experience an increased heart rate and feelings of euphoria from higher serotonin levels in the brain.

Four college-aged adults died in the last week after taking the drug. Two people died at the Electric Zoo music festival in New York City, another in Boston and a fourth person, a University of Virginia student, died after a night of partying at a Washington, D.C., nightclub.

"You never really know what's in an underground drug that you buy," Dr. Cynthia Kuhn, a pharmacology professor at Duke University said on Monday.

Kuhn said young, inexperienced drug users are most at risk.

"People have come to the emergency rooms with seizures and very bad fevers, and this sort of triggers a cascade of organ failures that you can't recover from and kids can die," she said.

On N.C. State's campus Monday night, just about everyone WNCN spoke with knew someone who has tried Molly.

"The thing that people like about it is that, instead of ecstasy, which is cut with you don't know what, you don't know what goes into it," N.C. State student Robert Elder said. "Molly is more pure, and you really know what you're getting."

Others say these latest deaths should be a wake up call.

"I always kind of heard it was a fun drug to have," Cassidy Lammers, of Raleigh, said. "But I never really wanted to try it because I've always heard a lot of stories that even one dose could really affect you."

"Y'all shouldn't do things like that," Aminah Waller, of Raleigh, said. "You never know what is in it, and you could be here one day and gone the next."

Derick Waller

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