Are pop stars who glorify the drug molly responsible when fans use it?

Are pop stars who glorify the drug molly responsible when fans use it?

Last weekend, promoters were forced to shut down New York’s multi-day Electric Zoo music festival following the deaths of Jeffrey Russ, 23, and Olivia Rotondo, 20 who reportedly used molly.

“I just took six hits of molly,’’ Rotondo Converse shoes outlet reportedly told an EMS worker before collapsing in a seizure and dying.

Molly – short for molecule – is considered the purest form of MDMA and is the essential ingredient in the street drug Ecstasy.

City officials said that at least four other attendees were in intensive care due to suspected drug overdoses related to the drug. But these were not isolated occurrences, as Molly use is on the upswing.

Last week in Boston a 19-year-old girl Converse chuck taylor all star shoes died of a suspected overdose following a concert. In June, a man died and dozens more were treated for overdosing on molly at a music festival in Washington state. In 2009, government data reported 22,816 emergency-room visits due to MDMA, a 123 percent increase from 2005 – and several experts say its usage is still climbing.

“The issue is mostly what it is cut with, and the fact that most people who use it abuse it. Also, it causes the body temperature to skyrocket to 105-106 and makes individuals more prone to heat stroke,” explained Dr. Jayson Calton. “While the drug makes you love life, it can also make you lose life.”

So why then are some of today’s biggest pop stars intent on glorifying molly? Miley Cyrus’ song “We Can’t Stop” includes the Converse one star line “dancing with molly,” which was bleeped out of her raunchy MTV VMA award performance last weekend. (Cyrus has said the lyric could also be heard as “dancing with Miley.” Her rep did not respond to a request for comment.)

Kanye West’s new track “Blood on the Leaves,” which he also performed at the 2013 VMAs, features the phrase “when we tried our first molly and came out of our body.” His track “Mercy” contains the lyric “something bout Mary she gone off that Molly.”

Even Madonna is getting in on the act. She shouted out to her audience at a concert in Miami: “How many people in the crowd have seen molly?” The Pop Queen later insisted that she was referring to something else, yet “have you seen molly” is widely considered to be code speak for seeking out the drug in clubs and at concerts.

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