Doc: Ecstasy, Molly use on rise at summer concerts

August 2, 2013 (CHICAGO)

The Illinois Poison Center (IPC) says a growing trend of hallucinogenic amphetamines, such as Ecstasy or Molly, at summer concert festivals has risen. Doctors are warning Lollapalooza goers about the dangers.

Illinois Poison Center: 1-800-222-1222

Last year alone, the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) reported 246 ambulance runs during Lollapalooza, a majority of which were drug-related.

Medical Director for the IL Poison Center Dr. Michael Wahl discussed the dangers associated with these drugs and what to do if you suspect someone may have been exposed.

  • Since May, there have been 41 reported overdoses, including one death, to the Illinois Poison Center on drugs in this family.
  • Since 2011, we've experienced a 50% annual increase in calls on drugs in this family.
  • 2011: 91 calls
  • 2012: 167 calls
  • 2013: 67 to date, anticipating 225
  • 2/3's of calls on these substances come during the summer months.

Ecstasy and Molly are both forms of MDMA. Molly refers to MDMA in crystalline form.

    Symptoms include:
  • hallucinations
  • fast heart rate
  • increased blood pressure
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • agitation
  • seizures
  • In severe cases, users may experience an elevated temperature, kidney or liver failure, uncontrolled bleeding, coma or possible death.

Illinois Poison Center: 1-800-222-1222

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