WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - The harmful drug known as 'molly' has become popular among college students. Purdue student Alex Pulskamp said he's seen it first hand.
"It's kind of worrisome basically watching students take that drug and put themselves at harms risk," Pulskamp said.
The deadly drug contains the same ingredient as ecstasy.
"It's basically a pure form of ecstasy and a lot of students prefer that due to the fact that it's kind of a rave drug," Pulskamp said.
"It's currently a powdered form of ecstasy," Purdue Police Captain Eric Chin said. "Allegedly the molly itself is going to be stronger."
The drug gives users a sense of euphoria and when the high is gone it causes anxiety and depression.
Molly is being blamed for four deaths on the East Coast and a number of overdoses of college students.
"These are definitely trends that we're looking at and trying to be ahead of the game," Chin said about the recent deaths.
It's a game Chin said is encouraged by pop culture. Popular musicians including Miley Cyrus, Jay-Z and Madonna reference the drug in songs.
"It doesn't help that the term 'molly' has been used as a social term," Chin said. "It's out in songs and it's used in mainstream media."
Chin said ecstasy gained popularity on campus about 10 years ago. He said what makes molly so dangerous is that it's not often what it seems and is laced with other harmful drugs.
He said while they haven't had any run-ins with the drug recently, they are actively looking for it.
Pulskamp said knowing where to look can be tricky.
"I haven't found it in a certain group of parties more than others," Pulskamp said.
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