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Molly: what clubgoers say about the drug – and why officials are worried

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“I mean, there might be some kids that bring stuff with them to use or to sell, but the common idea is, you don’t bring sand to a beach,” says Matthew Walcott, a former student at Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, N.H. “There’s no reason to, because there’s crazy, crazy amounts of drugs everywhere.”

The deaths and the cancellation of EDM shows like Electric Zoo have sparked a chorus of tweets and social media conversations among enthusiasts – some calling for restraint, others lambasting the “kiddies” who show no control as they pop Molly after Molly.

“I noticed this year, and the first year I went to Camp Bisco [an annual EDM festival near Albany, N.Y.], but this year especially, there were a lot of people complaining about kids that were just going for, not even the music, just going to do drugs and searching for the next high,” Mr. Walcott says.

Yet national surveys have not indicated a major shift in consumption of MDMA in the past couple of years, says Wilson Compton, director of the Division of Epidemiology, Services and Prevention Research at the National Institute on Drug Abuse. “That said, drug abuse takes place in local communities, so the national trends can mask some very severe problems that can be taking place in multiple local regions around the country,” he says.

“So we’re certainly concerned about reports that we’re hearing in different locations, about complications and side effects of these synthetic agents,” Mr. Compton adds.

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