College students and party drugs: Not all fun and games

Tanya Gamble, Staff Writer

College is a journey to finding yourself. The truth is that most people tend to lose themselves before they find it.

Since college is synonymous with partying, young adults are prone to experiment without the constant surveillance of their parents. In these times, their maturity and integrity is tested.

The National Survey on Drug Use and Health data indicates there is an annual average of about 9 million full-time college students aged 18 to 22 in the United States. Six percent used illicit drugs for the first time in the past year.

On an average day during the past year, full-time college students used marijuana along with these following substances for the first time;


What is Molly?

“Molly” is slang for an illegal street drug. It is thought to be the “pure form” of MDMA. Molly is a “party drug”, that is most popular used in nightclubs, college parties and “raves,” all-night dance parties.

Who is using Molly?
Teens, college goers and young adults are targeted users of this illegal street drug, since drugs and partying are closely associated.

What does Molly look like?
Molly can be taken in many different forms. Most popularly distributed in a capsule or powder form, but it can also be applied to blotting paper like the hallucinogenic drug LSD.

How is Molly Taken?
Molly is ingested orally.

What does Molly Do?
Molly is popularly used for its stimulant and hallucinogenic properties.

Molly can produce feelings of increased energy, happiness, emotional warmth and empathy.

Molly’s unpleasant side effects include distorted sense of time, space and vision, panic attacks and jitteriness. Fast heartbeat and increased blood pressure that cause intense sweating and severe dehydration.

The “crash” brings about feelings of severe depression due to the drop of melatonin in the body. These feelings can last days or even weeks depending on how much was consumed.

What makes Molly so dangerous?
Although its name gives the illusion of innocence, Molly can host some dangerous health consequences.

This is a dangerous illegal drug because it is typically mixed with other substances, sometimes even household products like soap, sugar and baking powder.

Molly has been reported to be cut with other synthetic drugs to make the effect last longer. PMA is a synthetic drug that is more poisonous and takes longer to kick in than MDMA.

Taking Molly can be fatal. Even first time users have died.


What is Sizzurp?
First popularized by Three 6 Mafia’s 2000 hit single, “Sipping on Some Syrup,” “Sizzurp” or “Lean” is slang for this “party drug.”

Sizzurp is made from mixing prescription cough syrup with assorted flavored soda. Sometimes even fruit flavored candy such as Jolly Ranchers are added.

This combination has many alias names in its affiliation such as “Dirty Sprite ” and “Purple Drank.” Sizzurp acquired these names due to the popular use of grape flavored soda and/or Sprite, but any fruit flavored soda can be used.

Who is using Sizzurp?
Teens, college goers and young adults are the targeted users of this “party drug.” The beverage has become popularized due to its cheap ingredients making it cheap and easy to get.

What does Sizzurp look like?
Sizzurp is a beverage that comes in assorted colors. Some of the colors are purple, blue, yellow, red, pink or orange.

How is Sizzurp taken?
Sizzurp is ingested orally.

What does Sizzurp Do?
Sizzurp is essentially a mild opioid that produces feelings of euphoria, alleviates tension and anxiety and decreases aggression.

What makes Sizzurp so dangerous?
The soda and candy mask the taste of the medicine’s powerful drugs promethazine and codeine, a highly addictive opioid.

Prolonged consumption can lead to dependence and increased use of opioids can lead to potentially fatal overdoses.

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