“Molly,” the dangerous, emerging club drug for the millennial generation, will be among the many timely topics addressed at CADCA’s upcoming 24th National Leadership Forum. Held Feb. 3-6, 2014 in National Harbor, Md., the CADCA Forum offers people in the prevention and treatment field the most up-to-date information and research on a number of relevant topics.
The course, “Let’s Talk about Molly,” is among the more than 80 courses offered at CADCA’s Forum.
Veteran coalition leader Sue Parr, who is leading the course, said Molly has become increasingly popular not only in her Virginia community but throughout the country.
Molly, a form of the synthetic drug ecstasy, or MDMA, seems to be the social drug of choice for many young people at parties and festivals. Celebrity Miley Cyrus sung about Molly’s attributes on her latest album and raved about it to Rolling Stone. Others such as Madonna, Lil Wayne, and Kanye West have also sung the drug’s praises. DJ’s are known to support its use by blending melodies and beats in a sequence that enhances the up and down, or “rolling”, feeling that Molly produces to increase the user’s energy and sociability levels.
“This presentation will deal with the real facts related to the latest of the designer/synthetic drugs that is sweeping the country, Molly,” Parr said. “We will discuss what the drug actually is, what the health related effects, as well as the symptoms of use are and what the best possible strategies are for addressing the use of this drug in your communities-including working with legislators. The goal of the presentation is to increase awareness among our community coalitions, law enforcement and other community leaders to bring them together to find the best ways to educate the community on the dangers of this drug and the potential impact of it on communities so they can better advocate for the environmental strategies and legislation that they will need to implement.”
Parr, Executive Director of the Rappahannock Area Council for Children and Parents in Fredericksburg, has been providing education on synthetic drugs to communities, coalitions, law enforcement and other agencies throughout the nation over the past few years. In her capacity as Bragg Hill Community Coalition Project Director and chair of the statewide coalition Community Coalitions of Virginia, she has been a popular resource and speaker at CADCA’s Forums and Mid-Year Training Institutes.
The Drug Enforcement Agency notes that “Molly” can cause confusion, anxiety, depression, paranoia, sleep problems, drug craving, involuntary teeth clenching, sudden loss of appetite, a loss of inhibitions, transfixion on sights and sounds, nausea, signs of depression and/or sadness, not being able to get out of bed for extended periods, blurred vision and chills and/or sweating, and even increased heart rate and blood pressure and seizures. It is difficult for law enforcement or parents to detect Molly’s presence because it usually doesn't show up on a toxicology screen.
Parr finds that in order to achieve environmental change, education is one of the key components. She has spoken to narcotics bureaus, jail/prison staff, intelligence agencies, and drug task forces. Parr has also worked closely with local, state, and national level legislators regarding the development and implementation of legislation to address synthetic drug related issues. She worked with her state legislators to draft the bill that banned synthetic drugs in her home state of Virginia. She also developed the nationally recognized fact sheets and presentations used by communities across the country to increase awareness and start the discussions needed to begin turning the problem around and reducing the incident rates of synthetic drug use. Parr discussed some of this on CADCA TV’s "Understanding Your Influence" show.
Experience Parr’s workshop or one of the 80 others for adults and youth at CADCA’s 24th National Leadership Forum, the premier and largest training conference for community prevention leaders, treatment professionals and researchers, and SAMHSA’s 10th Prevention Day. Themed The Power of the Movement, the event promises to send coalition members home prepared to lead the way for local change.
Register here: http://forum.cadca.org/. Remember to register by Dec. 20th to receive the early-bird discount.