PHOENIX -- It’s a nickname users know.
“Do you know Molly? My friend, Molly, do you know where she is?” said a recovering addict we’re identifying only as “Gordie.”
“When you are on ecstasy or Molly, it creates this euphoria where you get lost in the music,” explained Gordie. “I would say Molly is an 'it' drug right now, especially in the music scene.”
“Molly” has become code for pure MDMA, the chemical drug most commonly known for its use in the pill form of ecstasy. It's a drug Gordie knew all too well.
“My entire life had evolved around using the drug, and it happened so quickly that I didn’t even realize I was giving up my dreams,” Gordie told 3TV.
As a teen, he dreamed of playing on the PGA tour. Gordie made it to college on a golf scholarship but then found a new love, a relationship which took over his life and nearly killed him.
“I almost died, and I spent a week in jail, and once I realized I had three options, sobriety became the best option, and my best friend is in jail, and my other best friend overdosed," he said.
Dr. Drew Pinsky, host of HLN’s Dr. Drew On Call says there’s a dangerous misconception among young people that Molly is safe, since it’s pure.
“The drug distributors are saying, Hallelujah, you guys have believed the nonsense that this is a safer, better drug,” said Gordie.
However, Dr. Drew says while ecstasy is bad enough, Molly may be even worse.
“What are we seeing? More depression, more memory problems, more addictions and more sudden death,” said Dr. Drew.
The drug has already led to a string of deaths on the East Coast. Locally, Scottsdale Police said their drug unit has noted a steady climb of seizures and arrests related to "Molly" pills.
"This includes, but is not limited to, the drug being used, sold and associated with bars and clubs in our city," said Sgt. Mark Clark. "We think this trend is not limited to Scottsdale."
Dr. Drew says even limited use could do damage, from mood swings to short-term memory loss.
“If you gave me three simple tasks, I would forget after the first task,” Gordie explained of life while on the drug.
Gordie eventually had to withdraw from school and admits getting off ecstasy led to severe depression, mental breakdowns and psychotic episodes, since his brain chemistry had changed.
“My serotonin, which affects your mood, was half the level it should have been,” Gordie said.
Following a special rehab program, he’s now on the road to recovery and speaking out on behalf of the non-profit, “notMykid.”
3TV followed along as he shared his story with students at Deer Valley High School.
“Substance abuse can make sure you never accomplish your dreams,” Gordie told the class.
Despite his battle, Gordie now considers himself lucky, since he survived to warn others.
As for Dr. Drew’s message to anyone thinking of trying the drug: “I understand the allure. I do understand it. It does sound fun, but please think about the consequences and trust me when I say I've seen terrible things. Don't do it. It's not worth that one night of fun,” said Dr. Drew.
For more information on substance abuse, preventing it and identifying signs, visit: http://notmykid.org/