ifIknew

ifIknew is a health initiative for young adults that uses a multi media approach, including social media and in person programs, to address the contemporary issues that impact the well-being, self-image, careers, and relationships of people in their 20's and 30's.

If I Knew is a prevention education project that raises awareness about risky behaviors that can profoundly impact lives.

"Where's Molly?"

Over the summer, blissed out music fest goers were wearing “Where’s Molly?” t-shirts with increasing frequency.  Who is this Molly? Considered to be a pure form of Ecstasy, Molly is slang for a psychoactive drug containing, or reported to contain, MDMA.  It has dis-inhibitive properties like alcohol, but instead of slowing you down as drinking does, it also is a central nervous system stimulant that “lets you ‘party’ all night long.” It also functions much like a psychedelic drug, producing euphoria or extreme dysphoria in some cases. Like with LSD and other hallucinogens, losing touch with reality can run its risks.

In an informal survey http://mollydrug.net/n at Syracuse University, 25% of those students interviewed had tried the drug and yet only 30% of them knew what was in it.

MDMA is a controlled substance in most parts of the country. Its “use can produce psychedelic and stimulant side effects such as anxiety attacks, tachycardia (the heart beating more than 100 beats per minute), hypertension and hyperthermia. The variety and severity of adverse reactions associated with MDMA/Ecstasy use can increase when the drug is used in combination with other substances of abuse – a common occurrence among Ecstasy users.” (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration)

Whatever names the drug is called, it is easily abused if you end up liking it. Additionally, one runs the risk of seriously hooking up with strangers that, with a clearer mind you would avoid hooking up with, and also overlooking to use protection from a STD.