Molly, a supposedly pure form of the drug MDMA, is seeing a spike in use among young people. Users of Molly see it as a safe,
inexpensive drug with few long-term negative side effects, like addiction. Many celebrities, including most recently Miley Cyrus, have quite literally been singing its praises.
But Molly, known previously in the 1980s and ‘90s as Ecstasy, is an illegal drug and it comes with many risks. A mind-altering drug that is a stimulant and hallucinogenic, it boosts both serotonin and dopamine levels in the body. Users of the drug report
feelings of happiness, euphoria, empathy, decreased anxiety and fear, as well as enhanced sensory perception, which makes it a popular dance club drug.
Jerrold Leikin, MD, Medical Toxicology and Emergency Medicine at NorthShore, dispels some of the myths surrounding Molly:
How do you talk to your kids about drugs?
Keeping tabs on the safety of your home often falls by the wayside with all the other tasks and chores in our daily lives. However,
failure to take the proper safety precautions can lead to injury, illness and sometimes even death.
While it’s easy to ensure that common household items are out of way and properly stored, used and discarded, there are some risks that you can't see at all. Carbon monoxide poisoning is very dangerous and because the gas is odorless and colorless, it's
hard to detect without proper monitoring.
Jerrold Leikin, MD,
Medical Toxicologist, shares the following tips for reducing your carbon monoxide poisoning risks:
Do you have a carbon monoxide detector in your home? How frequently do you check it?
It’s easy to overlook the potential dangers that everyday products in our home may have on our health. We get used
to storing cleaning supplies in lower cabinets, leaving toothpaste out within reach and letting our medicine cabinets fill up—often not thinking about the potential risks many of these products can pose to our families. According to the American Association
of Poison Control Centers, the vast majority (nearly 90%) of all exposures occur at home.
Jerrold Leikin, MD, Medical Toxicologist at NorthShore, provides a short list of some of the most dangerous household products and things that lead to exposure:
Dr. Leikin recommends the following to help reduce your risk of exposure:
If you or someone you know has been exposed to a poison, call the Illinois Poison Center immediately at 1.800.222.1222. For more information about poison prevention and exposures, visit the
NorthShore Medical Toxicology website.
How do you safeguard your home to reduce poison exposure?