80 to 90 percent of the time we are given a chemical or substance believed to be Molly, we’re finding most of the time it is something completely different.” Four recent deaths attributed to Molly have thrust the club drug into the national spotlight. On August 31, a 23-year-old Syracuse University graduate and a 20-year-old University of New Hampshire student died after taking what they believed to be Molly during an electronic music concert in New York City. The deaths, and several other reported overdoses, prompted the Electric Zoo festival to cancel the final day of the concert. A University of Virginia student died at a rave in Washington, D.C., the same weekend, after taking what her friends said was Molly. Days earlier in Boston, a 19-year-old woman died in a club and three concert-goers overdosed at the waterfront, police said. In Atlanta, this weekend’s TomorrowWorld music festival organizers warned on its website of zero-tolerance for MDMA use, but noted: “If you or someone around you has taken something that you are concerned about or need help, it is important that you tell our staff. We are here to help and never judge.” The number of visits to U.S. emergency rooms involving MDMA has jumped 123 percent since 2004, according to data compiled by the Drug Abuse Warning Network. In 2011, the most recent year on record, there were 22,498 such visits. In the New York concert deaths, the medical examiner found lethal mixtures of MDMA and methylone, a synthetic stimulant, the DEA said. “It’s exactly the same phenomenon that occurred with ecstasy a decade ago,” said Dr. Charles Grob, a professor of psychiatry and pediatrics at the UCLA School of Medicine and an expert on MDMA. “Ecstasy had terrible reliability and it’s the same with Molly. Though it’s being marketed as pure MDMA, it’s a hoax.” Overdose symptoms can include rapid heart beat, overheating, excessive sweating, shivering and involuntary twitching.
The Un-United United States
The Articles of Confederation failed for a number of reasons. Among those reasonswere,the inability ofthe national government to tax, regulate interstate and foreign commerce, and provide for central leadership. One major event that signaled the failings of the Articles was Shays Rebellion,an armed uprisingthat took place in Massachusettsin 1786 and 1787.Daniel Shay, a Revolutionary War veteran and Massachusetts farmer was being forced into foreclosure on his farm as the state raised taxes and interest rates to cover its war debt. Shay and fellow protesters shut down county courts to stop the judicial hearings for tax and debt collection.The governments inability to deal with the issues leading up to the rebellion signaled a break down in order and signaled that a new structure was needed. The countrywas becomingungovernable. Today, 226 years laterAmericans faceyetanother threatened shutdown of the governmentbut this time theres a difference. Shays Rebellion was an uprising led by a small band of citizens against the established order, the government. Today, the anticipated shutdown is being led by a small band of elected officials who are more focused on their narrow political ideology than operating in the best interest of the American people.They are also willing to misrepresent the facts and lie totheAmerican people to make their case.Congress unwillingness to work with the Executive Branch and its inability to pass legislation is a clear indication that once again, the country is becoming ungovernable. Conservative Republicans in the House of Representatives have passed a bill linking the continued funding of the government to the unrelated defunding of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) is the posterboy for the conservative opposition to the ACA. He has called the ACAa glitch-riddled healthcare takeover that is killing jobs, wages, and health-care benefits all across the nation.Its not a takeover of health-care; its a change to health insurance which provides greater access to care for the previously uninsured.Why are Republicans opposed toexpanding healthcare to more Americansand willing to shut down the government in order to prevent it? According to fact checking by USA Today , Cruzs diatribe on the Senate floor was filled with outright lies.For example,Cruz falsely claimed that the spouses of 15,000 UPS employees will be left without health insurance and forced into an exchange with no employer subsidy. UPS is dropping coverage for spouses only if they can get insurance with their own employer.Cruz also cited an outdated quote from Mark Zandi, chief economist of Moodys Analytics, to back up his claim that Obamacare is slowing job growth. Zandi told us the slowdown in job growth at small businesses is no longer the case. Even Senator John McCain (R-AZ) took issue with Cruz. He called it extended oratory and took issue withCruzsreference to Nazi Germany.