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Do some research before taking drugs

Illustration by Darian Maroney 

Many college students have taken to using Molly, sometimes described as a pure form of MDMA, for recreation.

Recently, 10 students at Wesleyan University and two guests were hospitalized because they overdosed on the illegal substance.

It’s not all that surprising to me.

Many people take Molly without doing any research beforehand. It’s one of the reasons why people end up hospitalized. They either take too much or aren’t prepared for it.

Molly is mostly used at concerts or at raves for the feeling of euphoria it creates. Usually in these type of environments people can become overheated and if one doesn’t stay hydrated, it can be disastrous.

It’s essential that people know what they’re getting themselves into.

I’m not promoting the use of Molly, but it’s become such a big deal around college campuses that I feel I need to address the issue, especially with events like Electric Daisy Carnival and Beyond Wonderland coming up.

I’m no expert when it comes to Molly, but I’ve done my fair share of research and have had friends tell me how to “roll” safely based on their experiences.

If people want to take Molly, there are some things they can do to make sure they don’t end up like the students at Wesleyan University.

Because Molly has negative side effects regardless of what people might say.

In order to make a rolling experience better, people can take supplements before and after, also known as pre-loading and post-loading.

For example, taking vitamin C has been proven to prevent MDMA-induced liver damage, according to Matznerd.

It’s a commonly used antioxidant that helps reduce neurotoxicity, which kills neurons.

One can also take other supplements like magnesium, alpha lipoic acid and green tea extract to reduce negative effects.

But keep in mind that it doesn’t always work — everyone is different.

Remember to be safe.

Make sure that the Molly comes from a safe source, not from sketchy people.

Also, remember that one doesn’t need to take Molly at a concert or a rave to have fun.

Don’t be pressured into it.

Do some research and make a wise decision.

Don’t become another person that ends up hospitalized because of the misuse of a drug.

Daisy Dardon can be reached at [email protected] or @daisydardon on Twitter.

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