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Doctors warn of "Molly" drug's impact

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Local health experts are warning that the drug "Molly" has made it to Florida's major cities, including the Tampa Bay Area.

"Typically we've seen them in dance clubs and concert-type venues," said Dr. Cynthia Lewis-Younger, the Medical Director of the Florida Poison Information Center in Tampa. "We get the calls when they end up in the hospital."

According to DrugFree.org "Molly," the powder or crystal form of MDMA, the chemical used in Ecstasy. Molly, short for molecule, is considered to be pure MDMA, unlike Ecstasy, which generally is laced with other ingredients, such as caffeine or methamphetamine, according to the website.

But Dr. Younger warns there a huge danger in synthetic amphetamines.

"Any drug that you buy that is illegal has no quality control - you have no idea what you're getting," she said.

Just last week, Hillsborough County deputies arrested a Plant City man and charged him with having material that goes into making Molly. "Possession of Precursor Chemical - Methylamine" is what the press release about Ronnie Porter said.

On September 17, 2013, deputies executing an eviction at 4911 Pandora Place in Plant City discovered potential hazardous chemical materials and suspicious devices in the mobile home Porter was renting, according to the release. The chemical materials and devices were considered explosive in nature. Deputies evacuated five homes between the house and Charleston Avenue.

Deputies say Porter had two children, ages 12 and 4 who were later sheltered by the state because of potential hazards in the house.

"How could it have come to this? I have asked myself that," said Kelly Doyle, who owns the house and rented to Porter.

She said Porter and his wife were once attentive parents.

"Their kids were their life," Doyle said.

Now, Doyle is left cleaning up the mess and there is a lot of it around the home on Pandora Place.

"It's bad. It'll ruin your life," Doyle said. "I just hope if there's anybody out there that's tried it or is still messing with it , go get help."

WCBS in New York reported that Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) is calling for a crackdown on the form of ecstasy is calling following the deaths of two people who overdosed on the drug "Molly" at a concert festival late last month.

Younger said the drug is popular at concert venues and nightclubs and its reported use are in Florida's large cities like Jacksonville, Miami, Orlando and Tampa.

"The youngest person reported to have used "Molly,"  MDMA or ecstasy was 13-years-old," she said. "The oldest person reported to use it was 56."

She says a lot of the cases are coming in late teens or early 20-somethings, which is the peak of drug abuse.

Elevated heart rate and blood pressure is on the list of side effects. If you have any questions about the drug, you can contact the Florida Poison Information Center in Tampa at 1-800-222-1222.

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